Burning issue: how the law separates the elite from the ordinary citizen

IF I defied a Supreme Court injunction and then burned evidence in defiance of a subsequent court order, I wonder what would become of me.

Doubtless I would be cooling my heels in Mountjoy prison filling out a loan application form to pay the massive fine imposed.

But how will the judiciary deal with the national newspaper editor who has done exactly this?

I suspect a well-spoken lawyer will be engaged to waffle on about the freedom of the press and anything else that comes to mind, the judges will nod gravely and that, more or less, will be the end of it.

This issue starkly illustrates the remarkable difference between how the ordinary citizen and the elite fare before the law in this country, as if we needed any more examples.

Joseph Bergin

89 Abbeyfield

Milltown Road

Dublin 6

WHILE walking through Dublin recently I saw a T-shirt with the following message: ‘Ireland. Been there. Done that. Bought the Taoiseach!’

Just about says it all, doesn’t it?

John Smith

McKee Barracks

Blackhorse Ave

Dublin 7

A SCENE in a 1940 short film, A Plumbing We Will Go by the Three Stooges, reminds me of Bertie Ahern at the moment.

Curly is trying to control a leak by constantly adding lengths of pipe to the source but only succeeds in unwittingly building a cage around himself. The only way out is to cut a hole in the floor.

John Flynn

New Line



Co Waterford

THE NUI and its chancellor, Dr Garret FitzGerald, added insult to injury by conferring a doctorate of laws on the Taoiseach, as if to suggest that he’s done nothing wrong in the eyes of the establishment.

It would have been far more appropriate to confer him with a diploma in hypocrisy in light of the many ministers he’s had to fire over controversies of a similar nature.

It appears old friends are still around for the Taoiseach.

Maurice Fitzgerald



Co Cork

THERE is another fundamental question — has the Taoiseach and his poodle, the Tánaiste, tarnished Manchester?

Jacqueline Cotter

(A proud Mancunian)

Cape Clear

Co Cork

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