Lessons we must learn on the law

But there is a further dimension to the national exhaustion on this issue and that concerns the question of what happens next. Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has established an inquiry into this legal debacle, aspects of which were described by the presiding judge as “extraordinary” and which, in the words of the Taoiseach, leaves “the taxpayer… (taking) up all the tab, all the costs involved here”.

But will anyone be held accountable? We know of the mistakes made by the chief investigator but this was wider than one individual. The Garda Siochana were involved. The present director of corporate enforcement was involved, as was his predecessor who got a sweetheart pension package. Prominent legal and accountancy firms had a role.

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