What an absolutely spiffing idea! An inquiry is exactly what we need; another 14 years and millions and millions of euros establishing unmitigated corruption which will go forever unpunished (“Burton seeks inquiry into banking crisis”, Home News, April 26th).
Iceland, a country of fewer than 400,000 souls, also had a banking crisis. Little Iceland arrested the politicians and bankers responsible for the collapse, and put them in prison. And they’re not finished. More arrests both inside and outside Iceland are imminent.
Ireland has a DPP, with a very large staff of civil servants at his disposal. He should now arrest both politicians and bankers and try them in a court of law. If they are found innocent they will be freed. If they are found guilty of the crimes charged, they must be imprisoned.
I appreciate that it is so much easier to arrest individuals who are drunk and disorderly or who protest at Government Buildings, than it is to build a case against former members of the golden circle. However, sometimes we really must do the right thing.
The right thing in this case is to arrest and try those responsible for bringing Ireland to its knees.
No more inquiries. No more tribunals. Trial by jury in a court of law is the only way to obtain justice for this poor benighted island.
Patricia R Moynihan
Sea Pines Lane,
I agree 100% with the sentiments expressed in this letter (Irish Times).
Unfortunately, because the disease of corruption has such a hold on our current ruling elite no action can be expected from that quarter.
I firmly believe, however, that sooner rather than later, the Irish people will rise up and throw the whole rotten system on the scrap heap of history where it rightly belongs.