Within days of Tom Gilmartin's meeting with Liam Lawlor in a Dublin pub in May 1988 for advice about land ownership issues, the Fianna Fáil TD turned up uninvited at a meeting of Gilmartin's London-based partners, demanding a share of Gilmartin's business.
It was Gilmartin's first experience of political corruption in the Irish planning process. It wouldn't be the last. Within 12 months, cabinet minister Pádraig Flynn would personally ask Gilmartin for money to...
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