Section four of the Transparency International Ireland debate entitled ‘Restoring trust in Ireland Inc’ focused on possible corrupt links between the judiciary and government.
Journalist Justine McCarthy didn’t mince her words.
I think corruption of the law in this country is at the root of most of our problems.
She went on to give just a few examples of how the law ‘operates’ in Ireland including how lawyers regularly lie in court, how legal firms like Arthur Cox become involved in conflicts of interest. For example, advising the Government on NAMA while at the same time advising the banks.
There was some discussion about RTEs habit of caving in to government (legal) pressure on a whole range of issues. Host, Karen Coleman, suggested there should be an investigation into this matter.
Ms. Coleman is right but who could be trusted to conduct such an investigation into the two most powerful information (propaganda) outlets in the country – the judiciary?