Tuesday 17 October 2017

Bentley does it for Kennedy court appearance

Business man Jim Kennedy' s Bentley at Cloverhill courthouse. Photo: Frank McGrath
Business man Jim Kennedy' s Bentley at Cloverhill courthouse. Photo: Frank McGrath
Business man Jim Kennedy at Cloverhill courthouse. Photo: Frank McGrath
Mr Kennedy with his wife Antoinette. Photo: Frank McGrath

Shane Hickey and Tom Tuite

GOLD-COLOURED Bentleys don't feature often in the parking area of Cloverhill prison and courthouse.

But those with a keen eye could have guessed the occupant who arrived at the west Dublin complex by the Isle of Man registration plates.

Businessman Jim Kennedy made another appearance in court yesterday in connection with charges that he made corrupt payments to politicians.

Mr Kennedy, who has an address at Cormorant Way, Queens Quay in Gibraltar, made no comment during the brief appearance at the district court.

Last Friday, the 63-year-old father of 10 was brought before a late sitting of Dublin District Court accused of payments to politicians.

The charges relate to the attempted rezoning of land owned by Jackson Way Properties at Carrickmines, Co Dublin, in 1992, and the successful rezoning of part of these lands in 1997.

On Friday, Mr Kennedy, who faces 16 charges, was released on bail after his family raised the €30,000 needed.

In court yesterday, Judge Bridget Reilly heard the defence consented to him being remanded on continuing bail to appear at the Dublin District Court tomorrow.

Mr Kennedy stood briefly during the appearance dressed in a navy suit, brown shoes and purple tie. He was joined in court by his wife Antoinette.

Three former Dublin city councillors and one current member of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, are also due in court tomorrow to be served with books of evidence.

Lobbyist

Mr Kennedy's charges include allegations of payments to: former Dublin City councillor Sean Gillbride, at the offices of former government press secretary and lobbyist Frank Dunlop, in Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2, on June 11, 1992; former Dublin City councillor Jack Larkin, at Conway's Public House, Parnell Street, Dublin; former Dublin City councillor Tom Hand on May 4, 1992, at the reception area of Dublin County Council; as well as former Dublin City councillor Liam Cosgrave, on a date between June 12 and June 29, 1992.

After the brief hearing yesterday, Mr Kennedy walked to the gold-coloured Bentley which was parked close to the entrance of the prison and court complex before being driven away.

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