Dearbhail McDonald: 14 years of testimony, €300m spent, but just one conviction
IT began with a tiny newspaper advertisement offering an IR£10,000 reward for any information on offences relating to land rezoning. It ended with claims of mass corruption in the planning system in Dublin following a 14 year tribunal of inquiry which could yet cost taxpayers up to €300m.
The Flood, later Mahon Tribunal, convulsed the public and led, ultimately, to the political decapitation of Bertie Ahern.
But for all the revelations, that knowing in your bones that the whole system stank, only one person – former lobbyist Frank Dunlop – has been convicted of corruption.