Over the weekend whilst researching this blogpost, I was trying to locate a copy of the McCracken Tribunal report; remember, the McCracken Tribunal sat in July 1997 and examined payments to certain politicians including former taoiseach, Charles Haughey and former communications minister, Michael Lowry. The report was produced at the start of August 1997 and discussed in the Dail in September 1997 – transcript of Dail debate here.
No online version of the report could be found, which is curious. It’s not apparently on the Department of Justice’s website, nor on An Taoiseach’s nor is there a dedicated website like that for the Moriarty Tribunal. And nor was it on Gavin Sheridan’s TheStory.ie nor PublicInquiry.eu nor GavinsBlog.com. There is reference to it in the Moriarty Tribunal reports but I could not find an exact copy.
I am grateful to Conor Ryan, Investigative Correspondent at the Irish Examiner for providing a copy of the report today. [AMENDED] It is an important document in the history of our State’s governance.
It isn’t the intention to examine the report here, merely to make it available online. Well worth a read. Again, the report is now available online here.