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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