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Mahon reveals councillors received corrupt payments

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12:43 PM - 31 Jul 2013



Several Dublin county councillors received corrupt payments in exchange for their votes to rezone lands in the south of the county.

That's according to the final chapter of the Mahon Tribunal report which was published this morning.

The councillors involved include the four men at the centre of a corruption trial which collapsed last week.

The chapter - dealing with attempts to rezone around 130 acres of land at Carrickmines in South Dublin - had been withheld because of fears that it might adversely affect criminal proceedings being brought against the people involved.

But the criminal corruption cases being brought against a developer and four county councillors collapsed last week when the main witness, lobbyist Frank Dunlop, was too ill to testify.

The Tribunal found that Mr Dunlop made a serious of corrupt payments on behalf of developer Jim Kennedy, whom the Tribunal said had paid him £25,000 for the purposes of lobbying councillors.

Mr Kennedy refused to give evidence to the Tribunal but wrote to it to deny ever having given Mr Dunlop the money for such purposes.

The Tribunal, chaired by justice Alan Mahon (pictured), found that corrupt payments had been made to several councillors, including the four councillors who were at the centre of a criminal corruption trial which collapsed last week.

It found that a corrupt payment of £3,000 was made to FF councillor and senator Don Lydon, who had asked for £5,000 for his support.

Former FG councillor Liam T. Cosgrave was found to have recieved corrupt payments totalling £9,000 - £7,000 of which was direclty solicited by Mr COsgrave.

Former FF and current independent councillor Tony Fox was found to have received a total of £7,000 in corrupt payments.

Former FF councillor Sean Gilbride was found to have received corrupt payments worth £1,000.

Other former councillors are also identified. Fianna Fáil's Colm McGrath received corrupt payments worth £2,000, which he had claimed were actually political donations.

However the Tribunal was not satisfied that payments to other councillors were necessarily corrupt - or, in some cases, that payments had even been made at all.

It rejected Mr Dunlop's claims of separate payments of £1,000 each to the late Fianna Fáil councillors Cyril Gallagher and Jack Larkin.

Labour councillor John O'Halloran, who received several smaller payments between 1991 and 1993, was found to have received payments improperly - but the Tribunal could not determine which projects the money related to.



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