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Matt Cooper: 'O'Callaghan was a hometown hero mired in controversy'

'What O'Callaghan did for Cork was more significant than what happened outside the city'

27th January, 2017
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O'Callaghan over Cork's Opera Lane Pic: Barlok Photo
O'Callaghan arriving at the Mahon Tribunal in 2008 Pic: RollingNews.ie

Property developer Owen O’Callaghan, who died last weekend, was one of the most important individuals in the economic life of Cork over the last 50 years.

Following his passing there were, quite rightly, many generous and glowing tributes to him.

But writing in The Sunday Business Post this weekend, Matt Cooper says the eulogies were incomplete.

Aside from O'Callaghan's integrity and charitable donations referenced at his funeral mass, O'Callaghan found himself caught up in controversy that saw a damning adverse finding of corruption against him at the planning tribunal, the scope of which he had previously attempted to limit.

In this weekend's paper, don't miss Matt Cooper on the O'Callaghan he came to know.

Cooper writes: "O’Callaghan probably did more than anyone else to regenerate Cork city during the 1980s and afterwards.

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