Fintan O'Toole: Questioning Nóirín O’Sullivan is like playing handball against a haystack

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Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan arrives to give evidence at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Naill Carson/PA

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan arrives to give evidence at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Naill Carson/PA

In the course of her evidence to the Charleton tribunal this week, Nóirín O’Sullivan expressed the view that she had been “used as a political football”.

For some people watching or reading her resolutely defiant testimony, however, this might have seemed the wrong sporting metaphor.

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