Tuesday August 4, 2020

Supermac’s tycoon: I have been ‘blackmailed’ over planning process

McDonagh, whose business employs 2,500 people, said that in one case an individual attempted to extort a high six-figure sum from Supermac’s in exchange for retracting a negative submission from a planning file

2nd September, 2018

Pat McDonagh, the tycoon behind the Supermac’s fast food chain, has revealed that he has been blackmailed several times over planning applications, adding that a number of businesses had attempted to extort money from him in return for withdrawing planning applications.

Responding to the controversy over his proposed motorway plaza in Co Clare, the Galway businessman said that companies have tried to force him into supplier agreements or business arrangements in return for...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Conservation group calls for effective regulation as multinationals increase use of on-site gas plants to generate electricity

Killian Woods | 1 week ago

As the online debate on trans issues remains heated, those affected by them in the real world are calling for more support, space and understanding. But are their voices being heard?

Colin Murphy | 1 month ago

The former NTMA head says he is ‘quite alarmed’ at the potential for legal actions over the large number of deaths in nursing homes during the crisis

Michael Brennan | 3 months ago