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Francesca Comyn: P is for privilege

'Journalists feeling the heat as Charleton Tribunal begins work'

4th April, 2017
Justice Peter Charleton speaking on the opening day of the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Pic:

At the Law Society's Justice Media awards some years ago, the then justice minister Michael McDowell gave a speech comparing politicians to wildebeests and journalists to hyenas.

When the wildebeests stick together they can stave off the hyenas but if one falls behind the hyenas circle.

The tribunal was set up mainly to investigate claims made by former garda press officer Dave Taylor that he was instructed by the former garda commissioner Martin Callinan...

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