Tuesday 22 August 2017

Moriarty Tribunal brands rent deal corrupt

The second and final report of the Moriarty Tribunal has been published
The second and final report of the Moriarty Tribunal has been published

An inquiry into payments to politicians has branded a rent deal linked to an Independent TD and businessman Ben Dunne as profoundly corrupt.

The Moriarty Tribunal found that Michael Lowry sought to influence a hike in the lease for Marlborough House in Dublin - home to Telecom Eireann in the 1990s - following a request from Mr Dunne.

The inquiry found that these rent increases would have improperly enriched Mr Dunne.

The findings were contained in the second and final report from the tribunal set up in 1997 to investigate the financial affairs of late Taoiseach Charles Haughey and separately Mr Lowry.

It examined the awarding of the second mobile phone licence in Ireland to billionaire telecoms tycoon Denis O'Brien in 1995.

The tribunal ruled that then communications minister Mr Lowry was less than discreet and less cautious than might have been advisable in his dealings with interested parties ahead of the licence being granted.

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