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FF vows to co-operate over Flynn's corrupt donation

FIANNA Fail signalled yesterday that it would "co-operate fully" with the Criminal Assets Bureau investigation into the IR£50,000 donation received corruptly by former EU Commissioner Padraig Flynn.

It had been reported that the investigation into the cheque taken by Mr Flynn in 1989 would be hampered by the failure of Fianna Fail to report it as stolen.

Developer Tom Gilmartin had intended to give the donation to Fianna Fail but he left the name on the cheque blank at Mr Flynn's request.

It was used instead by Mr Flynn to buy a farm for his wife in Mayo.

A Fianna Fail spokesman said yesterday that it was still waiting for the Criminal Assets Bureau to contact them about the matter.

"If they do, we will co-operate with them fully," he said.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has said that the party does not want the money back -- and has called on the State to recover the money.

The European Commission is also awaiting the outcome of the Criminal Assets Bureau investigation into Mr Flynn before taking any action against him.

Mr Flynn receives a €50,000 pension from the EU due to his stint as a commissioner and also gets Dail pensions of €87,000 a year.

Abroad

Mr Flynn was pictured over the weekend by a Sunday newspaper abroad in Spain with his wife Dorothy.

But he declined to make any comment on the findings of the Mahon Tribunal against him.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fail has also moved to clarify the position in relation to former deputy leader Eamon O Cuiv, who is publicly opposing the EU fiscal treaty.

There had been speculation that he could face expulsion if he continued to call for a 'No' vote in public in defiance of the party position.

But the party confirmed that he would only face expulsion if he voted in the Dail against the party line on the fiscal treaty issue.

Mr O Cuiv told the Irish Independent last week that there would be no vote in the Dail on the necessary legislation before the May 31 referendum was held.

"Now obviously, if the Irish people pass the referendum, I've no bother bowing to the will of the Irish people.

"So there's no question of me voting against the party," he said.

Irish Independent