Sunday 24 September 2017

Corruption trial resumes after Lydon discharged

Conor Gallagher

THE trial of three county councillors and a businessman accused of engaging in corruption is to resume today.

The charges relate to allegations that businessman Jim Kennedy used political lobbyist Frank Dunlop to bribe councillors to vote to rezone potentially valuable land.

On Monday, one of the accused, former councillor and senator Don Lydon, was discharged from the trial after legal discussions.

The case against the remaining defendants was due to resume yesterday but Judge Mary Ellen Ring told the jury that they were not in a position to proceed.

APOLOGISED

She apologised to the jury for the inconvenience and told them that despite the delays they would still be in a position to finish by August 2 when some of the jurors are due to go on holiday.

Mr Lydon, of Santo Antonio, Stillorgan Park Avenue, had pleaded not guilty to corruptly receiving money at various locations in Dublin on dates in June 1992 and October 1997 as inducements to rezone lands in Carrickmines as industrial while he was a Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown county councillor.

Tony Fox (72), of Mountainview Park, Churchtown, Dublin, Colm McGrath (56), of Swiftwood, Saggart, and Liam Cosgrave (57), of Merrion Park, Blackrock, have also denied the same offences.

Mr Kennedy (66), of Cormorant Way, Queens Quay, Gibraltar, has pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of making corrupt payments between June 1992 and October 1997 to councillors to rezone the land.

Irish Independent

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