Monday 19 March 2018

€10,000 flights for witness who appeared for an hour

The flights

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

THE tribunal spent more than €10,000 on business-class flights from Australia for a witness who gave evidence for less than an hour.

Michael Collins was one of the six people named as giving former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern a 'digout' in 1993, and appeared at the tribunal on June 11, 2008.

Details of spending on travel also show that tribunal registrar Peter Kavanagh took two flights to Washington in 2008, at a cost of €3,441 each. Witness Tom Gilmartin, who gave evidence for more than 50 days, was paid expenses of €22,413.

Other expenses incurred, but not detailed, include €10,380 on a flight to Australia in 2007, and another €1,234 on flights for witnesses the same year, while the tribunal incurred a €31,457 bill for taking evidence in Guernsey in 1999.

Irish Independent

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