Sunday 21 January 2018

Gene Kerrigan: For a minute I thought we had a corruption problem

Gene Kerrigan is hugely relieved to discover that nobody apart from Frank Dunlop was ever involved in bribery

SELF-CONFESSED: Frank Dunlop bribed councillors
SELF-CONFESSED: Frank Dunlop bribed councillors
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THERE was no great shock last week when the corruption trial of four politicians and a businessman collapsed. In a way, it's an appropriate ending. For decades there have been suspicions and allegations about political corruption behind the building of large swathes of the capital city. Again and again through the years, we waited for consequences to follow but the criminal justice system seldom had anything useful to offer.

All four politicians – Liam Cosgrave, Don Lydon, Colm McGrath and Tony Fox – and developer Jim Kennedy denied involvement in bribery.

They were entitled to strenuously defend their names, and did. All five left the court innocent.

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