The Cost Of Lying

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s report into the cost of public tribunals makes interesting reading. The CAG calculates that the three largest tribunals, Moriarty, Mahon and Morris, will end up costing taxpayers over €400 million. The Morris tribunal, which has cost €46 million to date, will come in at around €80 million in total, the… Continue reading The Cost Of Lying

In My Own Words

Richie Barron died on a lonely country road as he walked home in October 1996. Six weeks later, twelve innocent people were arrested, suspected of his murder. Six years later, a tribunal was established to find out what happened. It would take six more years for the full truth to emerge. Chaos and Conspiracy tells… Continue reading In My Own Words

Check Sums

As part of my job, I read too many government reports. Most of them are available online and can be downloaded without charge. Downloads are generally in PDF format, though occasionally a press release or speech is available only as a Microsoft DOC (I haven’t encountered the newer DOCX format yet). Checking document properties, it’s… Continue reading Check Sums

End Result

Cops planted fake bombs, then ‘discovered’ them, in order to get promotion. A cop was involved in blackmail. Cops coerced a man to make a false witness report. As a result, twelve innocent people were arrested for murder. Several of them were mistreated in custody, and the cops obtained a false confession. Cops harassed those… Continue reading End Result

Full Circle

It’s easy to forget what things were like in June 2000. Back then, allegations of Garda corruption sounded like a madman’s ravings. Who would believe Gardaí were involved in harebrained blackmail plots, or planted fake bombs to promote their careers? Since June 2000, Judge Morris found those things happened. In the district court, Frank McBrearty… Continue reading Full Circle

Arbitrium Est Judicium

Several Garda officers of various ranks have been refused full costs by the Morris tribunal, which last month published its report into the mistreatment of suspects arrested during the investigation into the death of cattle dealer Richie Barron. Barron died in a hit and run, but Gardai wrongly treated the case as murder. Those officers… Continue reading Arbitrium Est Judicium