Bertie Green Tea-Bagged

rotflmao :D

Classic skit with Eamon DeValera, Celia Larkin, Bertie Ahern, Willie O’Dea, Michael Martin, PFlynn, Fianna Fail, Charlie Haughey.

Even Judge Alan Mahon features with his crayfish sandwiches :D lolol

You’ve gotta hear this :)

http://www.rte.ie/podcasts/2012/pc/pod-v-24031222m14sgreentea-pid0-1334424.mp3

Ahern Branded Corrupt

The scarlet pimpernel of Irish politics, Bertie Ahern, was finally nailed today, with the release of the long awaited Tribunal Report.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said an early reading of the Mahon tribunal revealed “corrupt practices” among a number of politicians and “sets out in very direct fashion the conduct of the former taoiseach” Bertie Ahern.

Taoiseach corrupt practices of previous government

Mr Kenny said the Government had referred the report to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the Garda Commissioner, the Revenue Commissioners and the Standards in Public Office Commission.

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Report Stinks of Corruption

Well, the day has finally arrived.

The Irish media is having a bonanza.

The Mahon tribunal has rejected much of the sworn evidence given to it by former taoiseach Bertie Ahern and said that he failed to “truthfully account” for the source of lodgements made to his bank account.

In its final report, published this morning, the planning tribunal found that Mr Ahern failed to account for over IR£165,000 which passed through bank accounts connected to him in the early and mid-1990s.

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Ahern’s Tribunal recordings stay under wraps

VIDEO FOOTAGE of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s appearances at the Mahon Tribunal will remain beyond the public gaze, according to the Tribunal’s <SITE>.

The Tribunal has recently received a number of media queries relating to the use of electronic video/audio recording of evidence given by witnesses in the course of its public hearings. The purpose of this statement is to deal with such queries.
1.       Evidence at public hearings has been electronically video/audio recorded since 2002 for internal use only. Such electronic recording has proved useful on a number of occasions in correcting errors in the stenographically recorded transcripts of evidence. A number of such errors were corrected at the request of witnesses.
2.       References were occasionally made to such electronic recording in the course of the public hearings. Furthermore the camera recording the witnesses giving evidence was clearly visible at all times.
3.       These electronic recordings have never been shown or released to any third party, and will not be in the future.

Wait One More Week

Well the time has finally come :)

The Mahon Report on government corruption will be released in early March, let that be the final word on it (please Sky-Fairy please).

So how do we know? Well the judges who drafted the Report have let it be known that they will be available to hear cases in early March – in other words, they will not be working the Tribunal any more, according to Paul Cullen of the Irish Times.

Judges Mary Faherty and Gerald Keys have informed court colleagues they will not be available to sit on the Circuit Court benches next week but should be available the following week, according to legal sources.

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Report on Corruption Coming Soon

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern

A Report by the Mahon Tribunal into corrupt payments to politicians is expected to be published in the near future.

The Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan recently called for the publication of the Report which is being finalized by Judge Alan Mahon.

The Report is expected to be critical of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, prompting the current Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin to make a statement regarding the Party’s culpability.

FIANNA FÁIL leader Micheál Martin and party officials are working on a strategy to respond to the Mahon tribunal report, especially potentially adverse findings against former taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

The party has taken the view at the highest level that the final report of the planning tribunal, chaired by Judge Alan Mahon, will be a watershed moment for the party, and particularly for Mr Martin.

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CORRUPTION INQUIRY CEASES PUBLIC HEARINGS

The Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning and Payments has finally closed its doors after an 11 year investigation.

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BERTIE RETURNS TO BOX IN DUBLIN CASTLE

THE MAHON TRIBUNAL resumes its inquiry today of Bertie Ahern TD, who resigned as Taoiseach last May following the discovery of several unsound payments of UK sterling into his bank accounts in the mid-90s.

The Inquiry will continue its cross-examination of Mr. Ahern concerning allegations that he received bribes totalling IR£80,000 from Cork based developer Owen O’Callaghan when he was Minister for Finance in 1993 and 1994.

It is alleged that the former Taoiseach received the unethical payments in return for assisting in the rezoning and development of Quarryvale, a lucrative tract of land in west Dublin adjacent to the M4 motorway, which would eventually become the bustling Liffey Valley Centre. Continue reading

DEVELOPER’S “MOST UNUSUAL” PAYMENTS

June 24, 2008
TODAY PATRICIA DILLON, Senior Counsel for the Tribunal, cross-examined Owen O’Callaghan – the Cork based developer who, it has been alleged, paid bribes in the early 90s totalling IR£80,000 to the then Minister for Finance, Bertie Ahern.
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O’CALLAGHAN IN THE WITNESS BOX

ALLEGED DEVELOPER OWEN O\'CALLAGHAN

LAND DEVELOPER Owen O’Callaghan answered questions of Senior Counsel Patricia Dillon about his role in the directorship of Riga Ltd, O’Callaghan Properties and Barkhill Ltd in the mid-1990s.

These companies played a central role in O’Callaghan’s distribution of funds to Councillors in 1991 and 1992 in order to secure a crucial land rezone in West Dublin according to his former lobbyist and ‘bag-man’ Frank Dunlop.

His solicitor and co-director John Deane also answered questions about his distribution of drawdown loans from AIB of several million pounds to facilitate the West Dublin development of what would eventually become the Liffey Valley Centre, Lucan.

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