O'Higgins Report: A ‘mini-tribunal’ that took a heavy toll

The gestation of the O’Higgins report was a gruelling affair which left many participants wondering if they themselves were on trial

15th May, 2016
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Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald addresses the media at Government Buildings after the publication of the OHiggins report Picture: Fergal Phillips

When retired High Court judge Kevin O’Higgins was appointed to review alleged garda corruption and poor work practices in Cavan/Monaghan, he took an unusual path.

Unlike the Fennelly Commission or the Murphy inquiry into clerical abuse, he decided that any person who might be adversely affected by the testimony of another witness could be present for that evidence during private oral hearings.

According to one observer, the result was “gruelling” lawyered-up sittings...

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