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'Not corrupt' - Redmond wins 10-year long tribunal fight

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George Redmond,  (90), former assistant Dublin city and county manager leaving court after the hearing.

George Redmond, (90), former assistant Dublin city and county manager leaving court after the hearing.

George Redmond, (90), former assistant Dublin city and county manager leaving court after the hearing.

THE Planning Tribunal has agreed to withdraw findings of corruption against former assistant Dublin City and County Manager George Redmond, the High Court was told yesterday.

A determination Mr Redmond was not entitled to costs has also been withdrawn.

The development, announced yesterday to Mr Justice Paul Gilligan, comes after the Supreme Court was told last July the tribunal was no longer opposing Mr Redmond's appeal against a 2012 court order halting his action aimed at overturning the adverse findings made 10 years ago.

Outside court, 90-year-old Mr Redmond said he was relieved it was over. "It has been going on a long time and it has had a huge effect on my life and the life of my family."

His counsel told the court Mr Redmond's high court action in its entirety could be settled.

He asked the judge for several orders including an order quashing all findings of corruption made by the tribunal and published in the Third Interim Report in 2004 as well as an order quashing the finding that Mr Redmond hindered and obstructed the tribunal.

The tribunal is also now required to remove the quashed findings from circulation and write to all local authorities requesting them to remove the Third Interim Report from any library where it is available to the public, unless it has been amended or redacted.

The quashing of the findings is also to be reported to the Clerk of the Dail.

Mr Redmond initiated his action in 2005 and the High Court accepted the tribunal's arguments it was prejudiced due to inordinate and inexcusable delay in advancing it.

The tribunal cross-appealed other aspects of that High Court decision allowing Mr Redmond continue with his challenge to the findings he hindered and obstructed it and consequently was not entitled to costs.

When the matter was before the Supreme Court in July, the judges raised several issues arising from the 2010 Supreme Court finding in proceedings taken against the tribunal by Joseph Murphy Structural Engineers (JMSE).

Explosive

In the JMSE case, the Supreme Court found, and the tribunal conceded, that important material described by one of the judges as "potentially explosive" going to the credibility of the tribunal's key prosecution witness, the late James Gogarty, was wrongly withheld by the tribunal.

Mr Redmond was convicted of corruption in 2003 and sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment following a majority jury verdict.

That conviction was overturned on appeal as unsafe and he was released after six months.

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