Seanad debates

Thursday, 6 February 2003

Adjournment Matters. - Morris Tribunal.


Much credit for getting us to this juncture must go to the McBrearty legal team which clinically and thoroughly exposed the manner in which the State had scandalously vilified and attempted to convict a completely innocent family. It had destroyed family members' reputations and good standing in the community and left their business in tatters. For the best part of five years the McBrearty legal team had fought its clients' case, challenged their arrests and, eventually, vindicated their innocence. As the State wrecked the McBrearty business, the legal team representing the family has not received a single penny in payment of the substantial costs incurred. The McBrearty family is central to a huge segment of the tribunal's proceedings, the reason they must be legally and properly represented.


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