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    Profile: Treasury Holdings and Johnny Ronan

    The Treasury boys are back.  Without Treasury. Great.  Richard Barrett is reported to be deploying two billion euro of investment in property and Johnny Ronan has paid Nama back and is back in business all  over town.  He’s even found time to make reference to Nazi slogans in pinpointing the injustice done to him by […]

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    Barristers’ Code allows them to act despite conflicts of interest.

    By Michael Smith. I remember 25 years ago attending a lecture on ethics for barristers in the King’s Inns (motto Nolumus Mutari 1541 – ‘we don’t want to be changed 1541’). An eminent (though aren’t they all?) senior counsel and ‘bencher’ (don’t ask!) was batting for the Bar Council. A student asked why a second-level teacher […]

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    Why no prosecutions?

        Why no prosecutions? Some unethical behaviour is not criminal; and some prosecuting authorities are slow or inert. So bankers and the villains of our tribunals are not getting justice.   By Michael Smith   The law on corruption • The main relevant law in place when the activities considered by the tribunals took […]

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    Gurdgiev vs ICTU: debate on social partnership

    Social Partnership is corruption.   Illegal corruption – in its various forms and expressions – is hardly a rarity in Irish society. This much we know. Perhaps less well understood are the legally permitted forms of corrupt behaviour that contribute to social and economic degradation and undermine democratic institutions and the legitimacy of the State.

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    Cox’s conflicts

    Pádraig Ó Ríordáin, a partner with Arthur Cox solicitors, is recent governments’ go-to lawyer for finance and now aviation. After a seven-month search by Fine Gael’s scrupulous Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, the appointment, over the becalmed Christmas period, of high-flyer Pádraig Ó Ríordáin to the role of chairman of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) […]

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    Politics often doesn’t protect Rights

    Human rights and Equality should be protected by  a special constitutionally-recognised ‘Ombudsman’ Donncha O’Connell The infrastructure of any civic society is about much more than road and rail networks or broadband connectivity. The invisible and, perhaps, tenuous bonds of common humanity are just as important. This is, of course, beautifully chaotic but we try to […]

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