The Ansbacher dossier: Whistling past the graveyard

The Ansbacher dossier: Whistling past the graveyard
Ansbacher House in the Cayman Islands

If the government does not thoroughly investigate the tax evasion allegations made by whistleblowing civil servant Gerry Ryan, its already tattered credibility will nosedive again, writes Michael Brennan.

Gerry Ryan, the civil servant who compiled a dossier on alleged tax evasion by senior politicians, has a track record of carrying out thorough investigations.

A chartered accountant, Ryan is best known for being the authorised officer who first uncovered the scale of tax evasion in the Ansbacher accounts.

But he also carried out investigations into the financial affairs of several companies, including Celtic Helicopters – which was part-owned by Charles Haughey’s son Ciaran –...

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