Saturday 20 January 2018

Jim Kennedy and councillors rezoning trial to resume tomorrow

Jessica Magee

The corruption trial of businessman Jim Kennedy and four county councillors has been adjourned until tomorrow morning at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring has told the jury that administrative matters have arisen which make it not possible for key witness Frank Dunlop to resume his evidence until next Monday 22nd July.

However she said there is work to be done this week which will enable the trial to resume tomorrow.

Earlier, the jury of seven women and four men advised that they will be available to sit until the 2nd August.

The trial had been expected to finish by 31st July, however the jury have been told that this may now run over by a few days.

Former lobbyist Frank Dunlop has testified that James Kennedy gave him IR£25,000 in 1991 to bribe four councillors to vote in favour of rezoning land at Carrickmines as industrial.

Mr Kennedy of Cormorant Way, Queens Quay, Gibraltar has pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of making corrupt payments between June 1992 and October 1997 to members of Dublin County Council.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Councillor Tony Fox (72) of Mountainview Park, Churchtown, Dublin and former councillors Colm Mc Grath (56) of Swiftwood, Saggart, Donal Lydon (74) of Santo Antonio, Stillorgan Park Avenue and Liam Cosgrave (57) of Merrion Park, Blackrock, have pleaded not guilty to corruptly receiving money as inducements to rezone lands as industrial.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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