Sunday 19 November 2017

Cosgrave and DPP to pay own court costs

FORMER TD Liam Cosgrave and state prosecutors will have to pay their own court costs in the politician's failed High Court bid to halt his trial over corrupt payment allegations, writes Tim Healy.

The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that both the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the former Fine Gael TD must pay their own substantial costs of hearings at both the High Court and the Supreme Court.

Anthony Collins, for the DPP, had sought costs against Mr Cosgrave on the basis that they are normally awarded to the winning side.

Brendan Grehan, for Mr Cosgrave, also sought costs on the grounds of special factors in the case, including alleged abuse of process.

The costs application arose from the Supreme Court's decision last April, which cleared the way for Mr Cosgrave's trial on charges relating to votes in 1992 on rezoning of lands in Carrickmines, Dublin, and the successful rezoning of part of these lands in 1997.

Mr Cosgrave of Merrion Park, Blackrock, Co Dublin, denied the charges.

Irish Independent

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