Corruption Culture – The only crime is getting caught

BROWN ENVELOPES: Dan Boyle argues that the revelations in the recent RTE Investigates programme into corruption at council level are just another nod to a long standing culture that is defensive and unwilling to see obvious realities. The instinct of the traditional political system is to defend its collective honour, rather than admit that corruption exists in any form, needing to be quashed.

Moriarty: Nach scannal mór é?

Michael Lowry held the floor of the Dail for a hour early Tuesday evening, as part of statements on the Moriarty Tribunal.  Much earlier in the day, there was an interesting intervention from poll topping Louth TD Gerry Adams in which he criticising the tribunal for the huge legal cost (with precious little tangible product to show for it) of the whole affair: Recently there was a dispute and much controversy about the cost of the Saville inquiry into the …

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An attempt to gloss over past misdeeds would kill the Coaltion at birth

 Flood/Mahon, McCracken, Morris and Moriarty. The litany of judges’names associated with, shall we say, doubtful practices starkly exposes the desperate  need for reform in the Republic’s body politic, even if the property bubble had never burst. Dubious practices were not the sole prerogative of Fianna Fail. Moriarty’s long list of conclusions, produced at a cost rivalling the Saville Inquiry’s, was as shocking as it was expected.  While civil servants insisted their advice was not compromised, Moriarity finds that minister Lowry “secured the …

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