Thursday 18 July 2019

Fianna Fail plans to expel Hannon

DANIEL McCONNELL Chief Reporter

Fianna Fail is set to eject one more councillor in its purge of those "guilty of conduct unbecoming" at a special meeting of its National Executive next Friday.

His name was not among those originally listed for expulsion, but a letter sent to executive members at the weekend included an extra name.

Councillor John Hannon, who sits on South Dublin County Council, with an address in Firhouse, was found by the Mahon tribunal to have received cash totalling £1,000 in November 1992 from Frank Dunlop and £500 in 1999 relating to planning matters. Mahon said the first payment of £1,000 to Cllr Hannon was corrupt.

"The tribunal believed that Cllr Hannon must have known, at the time he received such a payment from Mr Dunlop, that this payment was given in the context of Mr Dunlop's ongoing involvement in a number of rezoning issues. In those circumstances, the payment was corrupt," the final Mahon report said.

In the letter from Sean Dorgan, general secretary of Fianna Fail, to the National Executive members, the grounds for Mr Hannon's expulsion were laid out.

"It is proposed to consider a motion to expel Cllr John Hannon from the Fianna Fail organisation on the basis that he is guilty of conduct unbecoming a member of the organisation," Mr Dorgan wrote.

Others listed for expulsion are Bertie Ahern, Padraig Flynn, GV Wright and Finbar Hanrahan.

The report also said that a £500 payment to former Fianna Fail councillor and former TD Charlie O'Connor in November 1992, during a general election campaign, from Christopher Jones was "entirely inappropriate".

Sunday Independent

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