Fintan O'Toole: The Maurice McCabe affair is our worst scandal yet

The realisation you live in a State in which people with huge power over you will go to such lengths sends a shiver down the spine

Maurice McCabe at his home in Mount Nugent on the Cavan/Meath border. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Maurice McCabe at his home in Mount Nugent on the Cavan/Meath border. Photograph: Barry Cronin

If the scale of a scandal is to be judged by the numbers of heads that roll because of it, the Maurice McCabe saga is already the biggest in the history of the State. It has consumed a Garda commissioner and a minister for justice. It will finish off a Taoiseach and ensure that the Tánaiste has little chance of succeeding him. It indirectly contributed to the resignation of a secretary general of the Department of Justice.

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