Corruption trial adjourned until tomorrow

Judge says trial will be over by August 2nd

Case against businessman Jim Kennedy, a councillor and two former councillors was adjourned at the Circuit Criminal Court today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Case against businessman Jim Kennedy, a councillor and two former councillors was adjourned at the Circuit Criminal Court today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Tue, Jul 23, 2013, 17:34

The corruption trial of a businessman, a councillor and two former councillors was adjourned this afternoon at the Circuit Criminal Court.

At a brief hearing this afternoon, Judge Mary Ellen Ring told the jury of four men and seven women the case was unable to proceed again today.

She assured them the court was “not using the time idly” but was “working in terms of matters”. She also assured them that the delay would not interfere with completing the trial by the date promised, August 2nd, “no matter what happens”.

Businessman James Kennedy (66), from Queen’s Way, Gibraltar has denied allegations that he gave former lobbyist Frank Dunlop IR£25,000 in 1991 to bribe councillors to vote in favour of rezoning land at Carrickmines in Dublin. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption in connection with the rezoning.

Independent Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillor Tony Fox (72) of Mountainview Park, Churchtown, Dublin and former Fianna Fáil councillor Colm Mc Grath (56) of Swiftwood, Saggart and former Fine Gael councillor Liam Cosgrave (57) of Merrion Park, Blackrock, have pleaded not guilty to corruptly receiving money as inducements to rezone the lands from agricultural to industrial.

The trial is due to resume tomorrow morning.