Category Archives: Tribunals

I covered the Morris tribunal since it first began hearing evidence in March 2003 for outlets as diverse as the Donegal Democrat, Ocean FM and Highland Radio to national media including RTE, the Irish Times, Newstalk and the Irish Star. More recently, I’ve been spending time at the Smithwick tribunal.

Journalists give conflicting accounts at Charleton tribunal

Charleton tribunal: summary of evidence for week ending 8 June 2018 Article commissioned by Sunday Independent Listening to journalists during the past week, Mr Justice Peter Charleton noted several times that he did not want to be an Irish Leveson … Continue reading

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Journalists give evidence to Charleton Tribunal

Charleton Tribunal: Summary of evidence for week ending 1 June 2018 Article commissioned by Sunday Independent In its final phase, the Charleton tribunal is hearing from journalists about what they knew of smear campaigns and negative briefings against whistleblower Sgt … Continue reading

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Callinan stands firm on smear campaign denial

Charleton Tribunal: Summary of week ending 25 May 2018 First published in the Sunday Independent After three days of evidence from former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan, there was one thing Mr Justice Peter Charleton couldn’t quite understand. “I’m still puzzled … Continue reading

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Shatter steps back to ‘quicksand’ of issues raised by Sgt McCabe

Charleton Tribunal: Summary of week ending 18 May 2018 First published in the Sunday Independent Alan Shatter had barely started his evidence, explaining the various contacts he had as justice minister with whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe, when Charleton Tribunal barrister … Continue reading

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McCabe, O’Sullivan and a stick of ‘political dynamite’

This article first appeared in the Sunday Independent on 21 January 2018. “Political dynamite” were the two words solicitor Annmarie Ryan wrote down when barristers for the garda commissioner began to challenge garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe’s credibility at the O’Higgins … Continue reading

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