Wednesday September 23, 2020

The day of reckoning

The report of the Mahon Tribunal will be published shortly, but Bertie Ahern's financial affairs may distract from the issue of political corruption in the 1990s, writes John Burke.

15th January, 2012
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Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern leaving the tribunal: much interest is expected in what the three judges say about his personal finances. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Sixteen years after a IR£10,000 reward was offered for information on planning corruption in Dublin, the €300 million Mahon Tribunal is due to publish its final report into links between property developers and local politicians.

For a start, it is anticipated that there will be considerable interest in the three-judge tribunal's comments on the personal finances of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

Ahern and property developer Owen O'Callaghan have strenuously denied claims that the businessman...

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