Thursday 15 November 2018

Bruton's evidence came too late

The former Taoiseach could have prevented the Planning Tribunal had he acted earlier, writes Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

QUIETLY, with hardly any fuss, the reputation of John Bruton was broken last Thursday.

The former leader of Fine Gael, former Taoiseach, current EU ambassador to Washington, gave evidence at the Planning Tribunal, illuminating a crucial moment in Irish politics in the 1990s.

On 6 May 1993, Mr Bruton turned up to a Fine Gael fundraising lunch at the Red Cow Inn. At the end of the lunch Frank Dunlop, Fianna Fail activist and lobbyist, approached Bruton and told him that Fine Gael councillor Tom Hand had demanded a substantial bribe.

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