1. We are pretty much incapable of organising anything complex in this country without spending vast sums of money that would not need to be spent in other countries for the same result.
2. We have probably spent more investigating corruption than the actual cost to society of those same specific incidents of corruption.
3. There is nothing revealed about Bertie Ahern that we did not know about him in 2007 when we re-elected him Taoiseach for the third time. In short, we do not see corruption as a big issue.
4. We will be stunned if anyone goes to jail for this.
5. The political parties will not implement, nor will the great mass of the public demand, any serious effort to prevent corruption like this occurring again.
6. Five years from now, it will be hard to point to any good reason as to why the tribunal was worth holding in the first place.
7. A small number of people in the legal profession will be dead earlier than expected, due to the extravagant lifestyle funded by the tribunal. There will be a small increase in the occurrence of gout in Irish society.
8. No one will ask the obvious question: why do we not have a group of dedicated men and women, a national “police force”, if you will, that could investigate crimes, you know, like corruption?
9. Is there anyone who does not believe that we will be looking at a similar scandal within the next twenty years?
10. Finally, when one looks at every institution that failed to prevent this, from the Garda to party leaders and ministers, one can’t help thinking that the one thing that united them all was not party or political belief or family, but our culture. If one person holding one of those positions had not been from this country, and believed in actually putting the duties of their position first, things would have been quite different.