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

SECRETARY LODGED STERLING INTO AHERN’S ACCOUNTS

Carruth: “I NEVER DEALT IN STERLING”

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Ms Grainne Carruth, St Lukes constituency secretary

GRAINNE CARRUTH, constituency secretary in St. Lukes, told Des O’Neill SC for the Tribunal that she could not recall lodging sterling amounts into Mr. Ahern’s bank account in Irish Permanent. But statements from 1994 show several exchanges of sterling followed minutes later, at the same teller, by several deposits into Mr. Ahern and his two daughter’s accounts.

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March 18th, 2008

There was no-show at the Mahon Tribunal today. This postponement was unannounced on the website.

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Treasurers of ‘B/T’ account claim ignorance

March 13th, 14th, 2008,19:30

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The so-called ‘B/T’ account’s treasurers, Murphy (right) & Dillane claimed to have no knowledge of documentation for any of the trust’s yearly meetings since 2001

Dominic Dillane & J.J. Murphy answered questions about the ‘B/T’ account, an account set up by Tim Collins who was also the sole signatory for the account.

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Senator Therese Ridge cross-examined

“The document was found floating around the car park of Leinster House.”

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Mrs. Therese Ridge was questioned today over her statements about Mr. Tom Hand (deceased) and his demand of a 250,000 pound bribe in return for his continued support for the project at Quarryvale.

Mrs. Ridge, a Fine Gael Senator, also apologised to the tribunal, for misinforming them concerning the amount of money she received from lobbyist Frank Dunlop, “If I made an error that’s all it is, an error.” She received £1,000 from Mr. Dunlop but had only mentioned £500.

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Auditor wrote, “There are no books.” concerning Riga’s accounts

Fleming says:”balances were omitted” when he audited Riga’s books in ’92

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Mr. Leo Fleming agreed with Senior Counsel for the Tribunal Patrick Quinn when he put it to him that there was something unusual about Barkhill Limited, which had acrued a 22 million pound property portfolio over 12 years by 1992 yet had no office and no staff.

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