Monday 18 December 2017

Yes, says Gene Kerrigan

Says Gene Kerrigan, who believes the report is remarkably detailed and thoroughly convincing

THIS final volume of the Moriarty Report is immense and remarkably detailed. There is no innuendo, there is no gossip. There are facts and where the facts are disputed other facts are brought in as corroboration. Here, we will consider just one crucial area -- the payment to Michael Lowry. Then we consider the remarkable O'Brien/Lowry response to the report.

It's a vivid picture: Denis O'Brien and his friend of 22 years, Barry Maloney, out for a 90-minute run in the winter of 1996, just months after Esat Digifone had won the lucrative mobile phone licence. They were having a minor squabble about a business issue. It was probably on this occasion that O'Brien claimed to have paid Lowry IR£100,000 (there's a difference between O'Brien and Maloney on where and when this exchange took place, but agreement that it occurred).

The two were then colleagues in Esat. The minor squabble was about Maloney's reluctance to pay three people money owed for consultancy. Maloney needed paperwork, O'Brien was embarrassed to meet these people when they hadn't been paid.

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