Judge clears way for Carrickmines corruption trial
FORMER Fine Gael TD Liam Cosgrave and businessman Jim Kennedy have failed in their attempts to halt their trials over alleged corrupt payments for land rezoning.
Both are charged in connection with the attempted rezoning of land owned by Jackson Way Properties at Carrickmines, Dublin in 1992 and the successful rezoning of part of these lands in 1997.
In separate High Court judgments delivered yesterday, Mr Justice John Hedigan dismissed all grounds of their applications, clearing the way for their trials to go ahead. The trials are listed before Dublin Circuit Court in October. Both men deny the charges against them.
The judge, after being told by lawyers for both men that they intended to appeal his rulings to the Supreme Court, refused to place a stay on the criminal trials, saying this was a matter for the Supreme Court.
Mr Kennedy and Mr Cosgrave had sought orders against the DPP, Ireland and the Attorney General, aimed at preventing their trials on grounds including that their constitutional rights to a fair trial had been breached.
Mr Cosgrave (55) is charged with receiving sums between June 12 and June 29, 1992, on December 23, 1997, at Buswells Hotel in Dublin and on October 30, 1997, at the Davenport Hotel, Dublin.
Mr Kennedy, of Comorant Wharf, Queensway Quay, Gibraltar, is facing 16 charges of making corrupt payments to politicians relating to rezoning motions voted on by Dublin County Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council concerning land in Carrickmines.