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Government braced as Mahon report publication looms

THE Government is braced for the publication of the final report of the Mahon Tribunal.

The Planning Tribunal report is expected to be published tomorrow, with any findings on former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern keenly anticipated.

Although the tribunal is not obliged to give any advance warning to the Government about its publication date, there is growing speculation the report will arrive today.

The report will be formally sent by Judge Alan Mahon to Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett, before being officially published.

Government ministers admit to being in the dark about when the report will finally emerge.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said he had "no idea" when the report was due.

Fianna Fail will be under pressure over its response to the report given the spotlight on Mr Ahern, who remains a party member.

Resignation

Party leader Micheal Martin has promised action against anybody found to have brought the name of the party into disrepute.

The evidence over Mr Ahern's personal finances dominated the political landscape from 2006 to 2008 and contributed towards the then Taoiseach's resignation from office.

Mr Martin clearly moved to distance himself from Mr Ahern on the opening night of Fianna Fail's Ard Fheis.

He promised delegates they would never be let down by "low standards" again.

"When the final report of the Mahon Tribunal is published we will act without fear or favour against anyone who is shown to have abused their position in Fianna Fail or in elected office," he said.

Irish Independent