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.