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Read: Village magazine's vow to take legal action on white collar crime

The current affairs magazine has called on DPP to initiate legal proceedings against those found by specific bankers and people found by the Mahon Tribunal to have been involved in corrupt activities – or else it will.

THE CURRENT AFFAIRS magazine has today published an editorial which calls on the Director of Public Prosecutions to initiate legal proceedings against a number of high-profile Irish figures – or else the magazine itself will.

This is the editorial that appears in Village magazine, which is on sale today. Reproduced with kind permission from (Click here to read full-screen version.)

The editorial – entitled ‘Defying white-collar impunity’ – says that for Ireland to recover from its economic, social, environmental and cultural travails, it needs to make a “start with a clean page but the page in front of us is filthy”. It adds:

We have to clean it.

It goes on to suggest that the authorities – from the DPP to the financial regulator – are still not “serious about regulation” and so the magazine is vowing to act as ‘common informer’ and initiate criminal proceedings against a number of individuals.

The editorial explains: “If the proceedings are treated summarily they proceed to verdict led by the common informer; if, on indictment, the DPP may take them over after the return for trial.”

Although naming a number of people and institutions that it believes should face the rigours of the law, the magazine concludes:

Village is not looking for heads on sticks, it is not asserting the guilt of anyone (it defends the central presumption of innocence), it is taking the clear position that there appears to be enough evidence that people such as those cited above should at least be prosecuted.

Never have institutional minds needed more to be concentrated.

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