Saturday 23 September 2017

Councillors alleged corruption trial to resume tomorrow

Frank Dunlop
Frank Dunlop

By Conor Gallagher

THE trial of three country councillors and a business man accused of engaging in corruption is to resume tomorrow.

The charges relate to allegations that business man 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 today but Judge Mary Ellen told the jury that they were not in a position to proceed.

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

Lydon of Santo Antonio, Stillorgan Park Avenue had pleaded (NOT) 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 Mc Grath (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

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