A LOT HAS CHANGED since the establishment of the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments in 1997.
Ireland has gone through two Taoisigh (Ahern and Cowen) and a third presidential term is underway since the Tribunal began its work.
We’ve seen the Good Friday Agreement, the 9/11 attacks America’s subsequent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the introduction – and proliferation – of social media sites.
In the week that the Tribunal was formally established in November 1997, the top grossing film in the US was I know What You Did Last Summer, while in Ireland the top single was Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’.
Here are some of the events that have occurred in the time it took the Planning Tribunal to collect, compile and release its findings: