After 14 years' of deliberation, the Moriarty Tribunal has found that Michael Lowry "secured the winning" of Ireland's second mobile phone licence for Denis O'Brien's Esat Digifone. It detailed payments of €500,000 from O'Brien to Lowry and a loan of £420,000.
O'Brien maintains that the findings of the Tribunal are based on "opinions" and "theories".
So, we have had a tribunal of enquiry that has taken 14 years, at a cost of €45,404,054 according to O'Brien himself, and its conclusions are nothing more than "opinions" and "theories"?
The rest of Europe, and indeed the world - taking a special interest in Irish affairs at the moment - must be intrigued by our little land. Not exactly confidence inspiring for anyone sinking money into the place, is it?
The Irish authorities must now send a clear signal to show that this country finally has some appetite to end its culture of clientism, chicanery and downright corruption.
They must instigate criminal proceedings against those exposed by the Tribunal.
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