In the spring of 2000 Charlie Haughey had been charged with obstructing the McCracken tribunal. The charges arose from his evidence that he received over 1 million pounds from Ben Dunne after first denying he had received any contributions from Dunne.
Mary Harney, then Tanaiste in the FF/PD government, wrote an article for the Sunday Independent in May of that year which was headlined 'Jail Haughey, says Harney'
Haughey's lawyers promptly applied for the trial to be either postponed or scrapped. Judge Kevin Haugh at the end of June 2000 said that the comments were an attack on Haughey's character and combined with a leaflet being circulated in Dublin headed 'Jail the corrupt politicians' meant that there was 'a real or subs tantial risk that Haughey could not receive a fair trial'
The DPP appealed the ruling to the High Court but Justice Haugh's decision was upheld.
A couple of links to contemporary reports on the case..