The government's purchase of the €30 million prison site at Thornton Hall in Kilsallaghan, north Co Dublin, has been dogged by controversy since the day the Department of Justice decided to buy it last January.
First of all, there is the simple matter of the price. At €200,000 an acre, the acquisition was always going to raise eyebrows. According to estate agents and property experts, a similarly-sized site in the surrounding area could have been...
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