Only jail will deter them

Like the other tribunals, Mahon has shown that, for a long time, the place where business and politics intersected was not always a pretty one, writes Cliff Taylor.

24th March, 2012
The late Liam Lawlor was one of the few people involved in the planning scandals to see the inside of a prison cell. Photo: Collins

Corruption was endemic. Reading through the conclusions of the Mahon Tribunal report, it is hard to argue otherwise, certainly as related to the planning process. Whatever view you take of the details of Tom Gilmartin's evidence, it is clear he believed that, pretty much from the moment he landed in the country to plan the Quarryvale development, he was being asked for money by a range of politicians and at least one senior official.


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