Kerry Babies judge was not a pitiless, illiberal misogynist

My father acted as he did because Joanne Hayes was compromised as a witness

Judge  Kevin Lynch leaving Dublin Castle following hearings at the Kerry Babies tribunal. Photograph: Jack McManus

Judge Kevin Lynch leaving Dublin Castle following hearings at the Kerry Babies tribunal. Photograph: Jack McManus

I wonder how many of today’s commentators, including politicians, have actually read the contents of the report of the tribunal of inquiry into the Kerry Babies case which was presided over by my father, the late Kevin Lynch.

There has been criticism aplenty of my father’s character. Criticism also of the so-called inquisition of Joanne Hayes and criticism of the adversarial approach that was adopted by the tribunal. But little of it stands up to close scrutiny.

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