Five go on trial accused of rezoning corruption
FIVE men have gone on trial on charges of giving or receiving corrupt payments in relation to the rezoning of land in south Co Dublin.
The accused include three former councillors and a sitting councillor who are accused of receiving payments for voting to rezone lands at Jackson Way, Carrickmines.
The fifth accused, James Kennedy (66), is charged with making the corrupt payments to politicians at a number of locations in Dublin city centre, including Conway's Pub and the offices of Frank Dunlop.
Mr Kennedy told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court: "Can I have it recorded that I did not know any of those councillors nor ever met them in me life?"
Mr Kennedy, of Cormorant Way, Queens Quay, Gibraltar, pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of making corrupt payments between June 1992 and October 1997 to members of Dublin County Council to rezone land at Carrickmines as industrial.
Colm McGrath (56), of Swiftwood, Saggart, Co Dublin, pleaded not guilty to corruptly receiving money on a date between June 12 and 29, 1992 in favour of voting for the rezoning of the same land.
Donal Lydon (74), of Santo Antonio, Stillorgan Park Avenue, Dublin, pleaded not guilty to receiving a sum of money at St John of God's on May 4, 1992 for voting to rezone the land.
Liam Cosgrave (57), of Merrion Park, Blackrock, Dublin, pleaded not guilty to five counts of corruptly receiving money on dates between June 1992 and December 1997.
Tony Fox (72), of Mountainview Park, Churchtown, Dublin, pleaded not guilty to five counts of corruptly receiving money on dates between June 1992 and October 1997.
The property central to the indictment concerns 108 acres beside the M50, between Carrickmines and Bray, known as Jackson Way. The trial will begin in evidence on Thursday.
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