Tuesday 23 January 2018

Sean Dunne made huge effort not 'to give the game away'

Sean Dunne: Considerable lengths on confidentiality
Sean Dunne: Considerable lengths on confidentiality
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

Sean Dunne went to considerable lengths to ensure confidentiality regarding his links to Walford.

In his email to project management consultant Seamus Reddan, he insisted that any architects visiting the property should not interact with neighbours.

He wrote that if they were approached, they were to say they were carrying out an inspection on behalf of a named solicitor.

"Otherwise they are not to engage in any conversation with any local and discretely go about their business," he wrote.

Another email uncovered by Christopher Lehane, the official assignee in bankruptcy, also dealt with confidentiality concerns Mr Dunne had.

The email was sent by a tax advisor to a solicitor who acted in connection with the sale of Walford.

Like the earlier email from Mr Dunne to Mr Reddan, it had the code word "Queenstown" in its subject line.

The email related to potential tender contracts for work at Walford and read: "Sean continues to emphasise the need for confidentiality.

"He wants the contracts drafted on the basis that enquiries beyond the information provided in the tender documentation will not be entertained - to the extent that this can be done without giving the game away."

A separate email from the solicitor to the tax advisor also explored using the name of a company, Matsack Nominees Ltd, on a capital gains tax clearance certificate in relation to the purchase of Walford.

Matsack was the name of the company which held the ownership of Walford after it was sold for €58m in 2005.

Mr Dunne has always denied purchasing the property and said last year that he gifted his wife the money to buy it.

Last December, the Irish Independent revealed how the vendors of Walford had to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Legal correspondence showed the purchase almost fell through amid allegations the huge price had been leaked to the media.

Walford had been owned by the late former Hibernian Insurance chairman Patrick Duggan, who died in 2004.

The executors denied disclosing any information and the sale eventually went through following several months of legal correspondence.

Irish Independent

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