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Cosgrave charged with corruption over land deal

Shane Hickey and Tom Tuite

Published 27/10/2010 | 05:00

Liam T Cosgrave faces five counts of taking bribes. Photo: Collins
Liam T Cosgrave faces five counts of taking bribes. Photo: Collins

THE son of a former Taoiseach was yesterday charged with corruption over a multi- million-euro cash-for-votes scandal.

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Liam T Cosgrave faces five counts of taking bribes to back the rezoning of lands at Carrickmines in south Dublin. The 54-year-old ex-politician, with an address at Merrion Park, Blackrock, Co Dublin, appeared before Dublin District Court.

After being arrested and taken to the Bridewell garda station, he was remanded on bail on his own bond of €200 and is due before the court again tomorrow.

Mr Cosgrave is the son of Liam Cosgrave Snr, who was Taoiseach from 1973 to 1977.

The former senator, councillor and TD -- who was a politician for 23 years -- was arrested at 1.30pm yesterday and replied "not guilty" when the five charges were put to him.

They relate to the attempted rezoning of land owned by Jackson Way Properties at Carrickmines in 1992 and the successful rezoning of part of those lands in 1997.

In the charges brought against him, it is alleged he received sums as an "inducement" or "reward" on a date between June 12 and June 29, 1992; on December 23, 1997, at Buswells Hotel; and on October 30, 1997, at the Davenport Hotel.

Judge Patrick McMahon heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed "trial on indictment", meaning the case is to be heard before a judge and jury.

Mr Cosgrave remained silent during the brief proceedings.

Evidence

There was no objection to bail and Judge McMahon consented to an application by the State for Mr Cosgrave to be remanded on his own bond of €200 to appear again tomorrow when he is to be served with a book of evidence.

He will appear in court on the same day as businessman Jim Kennedy -- who faces 16 counts of making corrupt payments to politicians -- and three former Fianna Fail Dublin city councillors and one current member of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Mr Cosgrave was the cathaoirleach of the Seanad from 1996 to 1997 and a TD for Dun Laoghaire between 1981 and 1987.

Four former Fianna Fail councillors were also charged last Friday evening with receiving sums of money as an "inducement" or "reward" for voting for the rezoning of 108 acres of land in Carrickmines on dates in 1992 and 1997.

Sean Gillbride, of Greenlawns, Skerries, Co Dublin, allegedly received a sum at the offices of Frank Dunlop on a date between June 11 and June 29, 1992.

Colm McGrath, of Swiftford, Saggart, Co Dublin, allegedly received a sum at his office in Clondalkin between June 12 and June 29, 1992.

Don Lydon, of San Antonio, Stillorgan Park Avenue, Co Dublin, allegedly received a sum at St John of Gods in Dublin, on May 4, 1992.

Councillor Tony Fox, of Mountainview Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14, allegedly received sums on October 30, 1997, as well as on a date between October 30, 1997, and December 25, 1997, and on a date between June 12 and June 29, 1992.

Irish Independent

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