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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 19, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

    Hybrid equals what?

    Harry McGee

    Dan Boyle said he hopes to see a hybrid inquiry emerging from this morning’s Cabinet meeting.

    Hybrid equals compromise equals fudge equals watered-down mish mash.

    Attorney General Paul Gallagher has supposedly given advice that a Commission of Investigation is the safest option. I would not be surprised if that is the case, given Gallagher’s very conservative approach to date (judges’ pay being the most signal example).

    (And while I’m at it, wouldn’t it be great if we knew the identity of the 30 beaks who have not ponied up any contribution to the pension levy).

    Brian Lenihan will outline the scheme in the Dail today.

    Will the opposition attack? Are Kilkenny the best hurling team in the country? Is Brian O’Driscoll the best centre in the world?

    Of course, of course, of course.

    And they will be right. A Commission of Investigation is a classic bit of rope-a-dope strategy, string it along as long as possible, with nothing emerging this side of the next General Election.

    • Dan Sullivan says:

      What is bizarre is that the state as a major shareholder should be able to demand proper investigations within the two big banks as to who it was approved the policy of following Anglo over the edge and ensure they are fired, find out did anyone on record oppose this and retain or promote them and those who were sheep and collected short term bonus go back to a 50K salary.

      As Fintan O’Toole points out today we know in broad strokes what happened in Ireland to make us more vulnerable but we don’t know in detail who did what and when and why. Personal responsibility at work is meant to be personal, it means you get to make the decision, it works up – hurrah you get a bonus or a promotion, it doesn’t work – you get passed over or even fired.

      Well, everyone is looking for the big heads to roll, and rightly so, I want to see people on the 6 figure salaries named too. It’s not just the generals but the bulk of the officer core in the financial system that are to blame for this mess.

    • Pomme Tiddley Ommmm Pomme says:

      Slightly off message as usual…but can someone tell me the origin of the term ‘beak’…? NOT the meaning, the origin…I have a notion it’s something to do with the Plague/Black Death when the ‘well got’ wore masks to protect themselves from infection by the hoi polloi…Anyone out there know…?

    • Ray D says:

      What we have here is a failure of law. Politics is the art of law-making and politicians are the sole law-makers in the State. They have the monopoly on law-making. What happened with the banks and the practices there should have been against the law but aren’t. The law is made by the politicians in Dail Eireann and they ensure that company laws are weak and not strong. We have a capitalist system here and that is what the politicians serve by making Mickey Mouse laws. We are a right wing State and the tenor and purpose of our laws will not change to upset that consensus .

      An enquiry is a complete waste of time and money. The politicians collectively are the guilty party here,. Better that we make fraud – whether intentional or not – a serious crime and that we abolish the Official Secrets Act. Both these moves would go a long way to sorting out this horrible capitalist society.

    • Desmond FitzGerald says:

      So much for all the guff we had to endure about how Lenihan was some sort of better class of FFer. Now we see it’s a case of like father like son. Like Cowen, Lenihan is genetically incapable of understanding why an honest and open and accountable inquiry is the only way Ireland can ever face up to its past.

      Of course the additional reason is that we all know that all lines of inquiry between private sector corruption and political corruption lead back to FF.

      €10 million of what was spent at the last election apparently can’t be accounted for or reconciled with the fairytales the parties publish in donations and accounts. FF will have received the lions share of those donations to fund that level of expenditure so of course FF will do whatever it takes to protect the golden circle and delay any possibility of the money trail being followed.

    • Harry Leech says:

      Of course the AG will advise the government to do something to save their own skin: The AG is the highest legal advisor to the government (not the Oireachtas) and is appointed by the government.

      We have to stop taking AG’s word as gospel, whan at the end of the day they are merely another political appointee.

      That, or reform the AG’s office and make them the legal adviser to the Oireachtas and not the government.

      This report will no doubt be nothing but a whitewash: We don’t take white collar crime seriously in this country and it’s not in this government’s interest to have a full and frank enquiry…


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