The Irish police force have a wonderful relationship with journalists. Despite having atrocious insurance records, few journos ever get prosecuted by the police in Ireland, unless they have failed the attitude test!
As a result, lots of useful publicity "happens"!
This means blow by low investigation reports and fingering of "suspects" where the Gardai deem it appropriate. Jimmy Livingstone was an enemy of the state within a state. He was failing to obey directions to cease tackling tax evasion in bank branches. His wife was slaughtered.
Thereafter his son and daughter were slandered by "newspapers"!
He was innocent but it was "useful" to destroy him.