Saturday 25 January 2020

Tribunal hits out at Ahern claim experts were not used

Colm Kelpie

THE Mahon Tribunal yesterday said it employed forensic accountants throughout the 15-year-inquiry -- rubbishing accusations by Bertie Ahern to the contrary.

In his response to the damning findings, the former Taoiseach claimed the tribunal made its conclusions without turning to an independent banking witness or forensic accounting experts.

But Dublin specialist forensic accounting firm Grant Sugrue was contracted in 1997, tribunal solicitor Susan Gilvarry said.

And from 2002 onwards, it used the services of a former Grant Sugrue employee and another individual due to costs. But the tribunal declined to name the individuals, claiming it had not sought their permission to have them named publicly.

Ms Gilvarry declined to comment on the contents of Mr Ahern's response to the Mahon Report, but insisted the experts were highly qualified.

"They are highly experienced ... and certainly in the case of one he has international accreditation," she said.

Two AIB staff had also helped the tribunal with details on foreign currency transactions, it said.

Irish Independent

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