Garda crisis: Doubts now cast over many convictions

Garda crisis: Doubts now cast over many convictions
The Four Courts may end up hosting retrials.

The possibility that calls between lawyers and clients were recorded is deeply disturbing, writes James McDermott.

In the immediate aftermath of his resignation as Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds ruefully observed, ''It's amazing, you cross the big hurdles and when you get to the small ones, you get tripped up.

Alan Shatter may well have recalled these words in recent weeks, as he desperately sought to overcome an apparently endless series of hurdles concerning allegations of Garda misconduct.

The most recent, and perhaps most serious, allegations concern the apparently widespread practice over several...

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