Surprise and puzzlement has been expressed at the revelation that the Morris Tribunal spent an estimated €250,000 of taxpayer’s money trying to obtain information they already had for two years.
Labour TD, Brendan Howlin, was dragged through the High Court and the Supreme Court in an effort to force him to reveal his source on alleged police corruption in Donegal. Turns out that the whistle blower, Martin Giblin SC had informed the tribunal over two years ago that he was the source.
Of course, there is nothing surprising or puzzling about these events, Indeed, the message is crystal clear â€“ Any peasant citizen out there who might even be considering an act of whistle blowing will be pursued by the full forces of the State until he/she is exposed and dealt with accordingly.
Ah, come on, I hear you say, that’s a bit over the top. The State is not going to target innocent citizens in order to protect itself against possible revelations of corruption. Really? Ask Frank Connolly.