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    Default How Mary Harney scuppered criminal charges against Charlie Haughey

    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..

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2000/0627/7630-haughey/
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...s-delayed.html
    http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/why-mary-harney-was-right-in-what-she-said-26116762.html
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    The decision was ridiculous - no-one's opinion of Haughey would have changed an iota because of what Harney said (stupid as she was). What had been reported on the news already did far more damage to Haughey's reputation than anything Harney said.

    Still, some people in Ireland are just blessed with good luck, aren't they? Haughey got off the rap, and in a double stroke of good fortune his tax bill was reduced from IR£2 million to zero by the strike of a pen. And who made that decision? The Revenue Appeals Commissioner, Ronan Kelly - Bertie Ahern's brother-in-law.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toxic avenger View Post
    The decision was ridiculous - no-one's opinion of Haughey would have changed an iota because of what Harney said (stupid as she was). What had been reported on the news already did far more damage to Haughey's reputation than anything Harney said.

    Still, some people in Ireland are just blessed with good luck, aren't they? Haughey got off the rap, and in a double stroke of good fortune his tax bill was reduced from IR£2 million to zero by the strike of a pen. And who made that decision? The Revenue Appeals Commissioner, Ronan Kelly - Bertie Ahern's brother-in-law.
    Terrible decision but there's a more recent example of an even more ridiculous ruling in the same vein a few weeks ago..
    The High Court has refused a request by former businessman Breifne O'Brien to halt his trial on fraud and theft charges which he denies. Mr O'Brien of Monkstown, Co Dublin, claimed media coverage of his case and comments by another judge made a fair trial impossible.
    Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns agreed to delay the trial until at least May 2014 saying that by then, the "fade factor" would have cured any impact of a large volume of media coverage
    Mr O'Brien had sought a ban on criminal proceedings claiming that he would never be able to receive a fair trial because of the level of adverse publicity surrounding his case.
    60 articles about him have appeared in newspapers since 2008, many of which charted his previously wealthy lifestyle and his subsequent difficulties
    http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0516/450...ien-court-bid/

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    No appeal to the Supreme Court ? One would wonder why. The High Court doesn't have form on tough political issues.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    Default Re: How Mary Harney scuppered criminal charges against Charlie Haughey

    Albert got off on a sick note. Ya gotta have the best investment doctors. Remember the flight adjustment with the government jet leaving the US, Al got short taken and asked for them to pull in at the next loo. He pulled that one off. Ya think of the Bert and Chairle, Al top them all.
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    Albert was a way cuter boyo than Haughey or Ahern, that's for sure. And no-one sees it, which is proof of how cute he was.
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    Default Re: How Mary Harney scuppered criminal charges against Charlie Haughey

    Well at least it's not always a problem: I'm sure Edward Snowden will have no problem getting a fair trial in the countries whose leaders have denounced him as a "traitor".

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    Default Re: How Mary Harney scuppered criminal charges against Charlie Haughey

    It is clear that Kevin Haugh made a bad judgement.

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