Thursday, February 22, 2007

McDowell's Word of Honour

Minister for Justice Michael McDowell gave his word of honour to the Dáil that he had “no hand, act or part” in the arrest of journalist Mick McCaffrey over the leaking of a report into the Dean Lyons case.

Then under questioning it emerged that (a) the complaint to the gardai was made by the Secretary of the Dept of Justice and (b) McDowell was aware that this action was being taken.

Clearly he could have stopped this complaint being lodged if he so wished.

He must have no understanding of the meaning of “sins of omission”, and his initial denial “on his word of honour” has been exposed as weasel words that might be technically correct but are morally bankrupt.

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