Tuesday 23 December 2014

Redmond can pursue challenge to tribunal

Tim Healy

Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30

George Redmond, pictured arriving at the Four Courts yesterday for a Supreme Court hearing. Picture: Collins
George Redmond, pictured arriving at the Four Courts yesterday for a Supreme Court hearing. Picture: Collins

Former assistant Dublin city and county manager George Redmond (90) can continue with an action aimed at overturning findings of corruption made against him by the Planning Tribunal, after winning his Supreme Court appeal.

The development came after the tribunal said yesterday that it was no longer opposing the appeal.

Mr Redmond, who was in court, had appealed against a 2012 High Court order granting the tribunal's bid to halt his action. He is challenging the findings of corruption made in the tribunal's third interim report of 2004.

That action was initiated in 2005 and the High Court had accepted the tribunal's arguments that it was prejudiced due to inordinate and inexcusable delay in advancing it.

The developments yesterday came after exchanges between Patricia Dillon SC, for the tribunal, and the five-judge Supreme Court. They focused on a previous Supreme Court finding in proceedings taken against the tribunal by Joseph Murphy Structural Engineers (JMSE).

When the appeal resumed, Ms Dillon said she was instructed to say the tribunal was not opposing Mr Redmond's appeal and would pay his costs in the High and Supreme Courts in that regard. The tribunal was also withdrawing its own cross-appeal, counsel added.

Chief Justice Justice Susan Denham, noting the main case dates back some years, said that it should be proceeded with soon.

Irish Independent

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