Tom Lyons tweetz:

So this has arrived. A new book on the Moriarty Tribunal and Denis O’Brien. Looks like something else. A steal at €50…



From The Irish Times letters page on March 25, 2011 – three days after the publication of the Moriarty Tribunal.

The media frenzy and what it is generating reminds me of the movie Twelve Angry Men and the book To Kill a Mockingbird. The political and media piranhas have smelled their victims’ blood and in the low moral ground where they play out their pretensions, the actors in this dreary drama are set to play their pretentious parts!

At stake is one of life’s most important psychological and emotional conditions: reputations.

In Twelve Angry Men, the so-called “evidence” was hearsay, innuendo and prejudicial malicious gossip. It took one man’s love of justice to convince his biased peers of the accuseds’ innocence.

After the tribunal’s 14 years of forensic foraging and a bill of approximately €250,000,000, Denis O’Brien has admirably stated his constitutional right under Article 40 to a good name.

We shall soon all witness how much as a nation we love justice or gossip! Having lived here most of my life I won’t hold my breath.

John J May

Reaction to the Moriarty Tribunal (Irish Times letters page, March 25, 2011)

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35 thoughts on “Right So

    1. TheQ47

      He almost had him at the launch, Lenihan backed out after mounting criticism.
      And anyway, he was only going as a friend, not as Minister. So that was alright, then.

    2. mildred st. meadowlark

      Ah, book people tend to be a bit crazy.

      Anecdote time:
      As a young lass I worked in a bookshop to fund college. Authors are strange folk. I had some man come in, having written the biography of rather a well-known American actor, and he took it rather personally that we didn’t have it in stock (it was entirely my fault, you see, for never having heard of the book and only working part-time) and flounced out of the shop. Or the gas lad who used to move all the bibles to the fiction section. And lets not forget the lad who self-published the UFO book and came in numerous times a day to see if it had sold.

      Mad bastards all.

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          It was genuinely funny the first time… Less so the twelfth time.

          He also refused to talk to any of the female shop assistants. As I said, bookshops do attract the crazies.

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            I gave mine away a while ago along with my collection of Word, broke my heart.

      1. realPolithicks

        “Or the gas lad who used to move all the bibles to the fiction section. ”

        Why wasn’t it in the fiction section to begin with?

    3. Sheik Yahbouti

      To quote a great man: “More Bol*ocks” – I refer, of course, to the subject matter of this article, and not the above comment.

        1. newsjustin

          That’s an episode of Cops I’d love to see.

          “Whatch ya gonna do when they come for u…..”

  1. Maire

    I was thinking to myself that I must buy that book until I read what he said about Elaine Byrne, Justine McCarthy and even Vincenzo. Three of the most sensible people we have in Ireland! Then I looked up the name John May. Is that the same John May that was involved with Jehovah Witness or one of those religions when I lived in Tallaght years ago? If he is the same person then I definitely wont waste my hard earned cash of rubbish! I would also inquire if Redacted is funding his church?

  2. Gabby

    Today is World Book Day. Buy a shock revelations children’s book called The Famous Five visit the Vaults in the Bank of Ireland.

    1. Maire

      LOL Gabby …… and the sequel will be ….. Famous Five and their Friends go to Court and come out with a handshake!

  3. Otis Blue

    Word has it that all Independent News and Media titles (national and provincial) will be serialising this epic tome.

    More Ilied than Iliad though.

  4. Kieran NYC

    Now that he’s finished that journalistic tome, he can start investigating pizzagate for Bodger

      1. ivan

        hey hey hey

        did ye not catch this


        me and bodger had an exchange

        February 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm
        In fairness, Bodger, the standard of ‘proof’ required of you is higher than that. You’re tainting Broadsheet’s credibility with that standard of answer.

        You were quite capable of spelling out *exactly* what was amiss in your splendid McCabe timeline from a few days ago. Genuine buladh bos/gold star from Ivan to you on that score.

        However, “do more research” doesn’t cut it in this instance. Show your workings. You’ve proven you’re well capable.

        February 22, 2017 at 3:53 pm
        Ivan, I accept your challenge. Give me a couple of days.”

    1. Drebbin

      And “heresay”, unless that’s a clever coinage for a kind of second-hand apostasy. Which I am cynical enough to doubt.

  5. rotide

    If this was a self published book about the how the IRISH CORRIDORS OF POWER ARE ROTTEN TO THE CORE the usual suspects would be lining up to say that a brave author was being silenced by the MSM and has to self publish.

    All these books are utter crap, no matter which side of the divide they sit.

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