Monday 23 October 2017

Jody Corcoran: Judge close to verdict on whether Bertie's round figures all add up

After a decade and a half, and €100m-plus, the Mahon tribunal is preparing its final report, writes Jody Corcoran

FIFTEEN years on, the Mahon tribunal is expected to publish its final report in the next few weeks, that is, shortly before the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis in March, an event which seems set to be dominated by fallout from the findings of Mr Justice Mahon and his colleagues.

The Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin, is said to be contemplating a definitive response to the report, which itself is widely expected to be critical of the more unusual aspects of the financial affairs of his predecessor, Bertie Ahern.

The core allegation against Bertie Ahern arose out of a claim by the property developer Tom Gilmartin, to the effect that fellow developer Owen O'Callaghan had told him some time in 1992 that Mr Ahern had been paid by Mr O'Callaghan the sum of £80,000. Mr O'Callaghan strenously denies Mr Gilmartin's allegations.

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