Monday 22 January 2018

Maeve Sheehan: O'Brien's links to Fine Gael spell more trouble for the Taoiseach

Fallout from Mahon re-ignites the issue of what to do with the Moriarty report, writes Maeve Sheehan

THE sooner the Garda Commissioner decides what to do with the report of the Moriarty tribunal, the better for Enda Kenny.

Published a year ago, the report found that former Fine Gael minister Michael Lowry "delivered" the state mobile phone licence to the consortium led by the business tycoon Denis O'Brien, who in turn made payments to Lowry.

Enda Kenny embraced the public mood of consternation and dramatically promised that he would not let the Moriarty tribunal's report gather dust. So he duly sent it off to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Garda Commissioner, who gave it to the Criminal Assets Bureau, which examined it and reported back to the Garda Commissioner, who passed the report over to the Director of Public Prosecutions, where it currently resides.

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