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Scannal - The Sheedy Affair

Monday 18th February 2008 RTE ONE 19.30hrs

15 March 1996 - a Friday evening like any other - As Anne & John Ryan headed home with their children from swimming in the local pool in Tallaght - little did they know what was about to happen, Would propel them into the centre of one of the biggest scandals in recent years. And most of us don't even remember their names.

"Here was the classic case of a working class family from Tallaght suffering an appalling tragedy woman knocked down by a guy he gets a pretty light sentence and then he's released.

Here was a really big local scandal...even the participants involved in it were quite amazed that this had come to pass. " Barry O'Kelly

The Ryans were an ordinary family but that night they were to be the victims of a young dublin architect who'd just bought a new sports car the previous day - that Friday night - he got into his new car - drunk. His name was Philip Sheedy.

Witnesses to the Accident at the Glenview roundabout that night described Sheedy's speeding dark ford puma sports car - taking off like a rocket into the air for 60ft before landing on top the the ryan's family car at the other side of the roundabout. Anne Ryan who was driving was killed - John and the children were badly injured. Sheedy escaped with minor injuries and was arrested & charged with Dangerous driving causing death. The following year in June 1997 the case came before the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court Sheedy pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 4 years in prison with a review after 2 years.

That should have been the end of the matter - With Sheedy in gaol the John Ryan and the family could begin to rebuild their lives - but in Feb 1999 guess who was seen abroad in Tallaght? Philip Sheedy.

The circumstances of that release were to cause a scandal that shook the legal and political establishment to the core. It was to lead directly to the resignation of a High Court (Cyril Kelly ) & Supreme Court Judge (Hugh O'Flaherty) as well as the then Dublin Country registrar. But questions were also raised about political connections and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was dragged into the

The circumstances of that release were to cause a scandal that shook the legal and political establishment to the core. It was to lead directly to the resignation of a High Court (Cyril Kelly ) & Supreme Court Judge (Hugh O'Flaherty) as well as the then Dublin Country registrar. But questions were also raised about political connections and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was dragged into the controversy.

The just as everybody thought that it had concluded and a veil had finally be drawn over the affair - Charlie McCreevy - Minister for Finance nominated the disgraced Supreme Court Judge to a lucrative post in the European Investment Bank - the Sheedy Affair once again hit the headlines with some of the most bizarre media events in recent years.

Researcher: Fachtna O'Drisceoil

Producer: Kevin Cummins

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