Saturday 25 February 2017

Reynolds tribunal and court battles were always fraught

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Bertie Ahern, Charlie Haughey, Albert Reynolds
Bertie Ahern, Charlie Haughey, Albert Reynolds

ALBERT Reynolds's encounters with tribunals of inquiry and the courts were highly contentious aspects of his career.

His engagement with the Beef Tribunal effectively caused the collapse of his first coalition and damaged relationships in his second government. There were questions over Mr Reynolds's actions as a minister in granting export credit insurance to the beef industry for exports to Iraq.

PD leader Des O'Malley was one of the primary accusers of his government colleague. But Mr Reynolds denied any wrongdoing, saying Mr O'Malley's testimony to the tribunal was "dishonest".

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