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Sunday 18 March 2018

In the firing line -- what Willie said on tape

Here is a transcript from part of a taped interview between 'Limerick Chronicle' and 'Limerick Leader' journalist Mike Dwane and Defence Minister Willie O'Dea on March 9, 2009, in the run-up to the local elections.

Mr O'Dea falsely linked Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan with a Limerick property being used as a brothel.

The minister denied in a sworn affidavit to the High Court ever making the claim but has since said he made a mistake in recollecting the interview and corrected the error when he realised.

Willie O'Dea: While occasionally we send out letters to planning applicants we have never been involved with anybody who shot anybody, or robbed banks, or kidnapped people. I suppose I'm going a bit too far when I say this, but I'd like to ask Mr Quinlivan is the brothel still closed?

Mike Dwane: Is the brothel still closed?

WOD: Is the brothel still closed?

MD: What brothel is that, Willie?

WOD: Do you know, the brothel they found in his name and in his brother's name down in Clancy Strand?

MD: I never heard about that.

WOD: Did you not hear that? You better check with your sources. There was a house owned by him that was rented out and they found two ladies of the night operating in there in the last couple of weeks.

MD: Right. The other one I wanted to ask you about, Willie, was were you disappointed to see Noreen Ryan in the witness box?

WOD: I don't want to talk about that . . .

(The reference to Noreen Ryan relates to a councillor who left Fianna Fail after giving evidence in a case in which Mr O'Dea was involved.)

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