Tribunal rejects 'dig-out' claims

Thu, Mar 22, 2012, 00:00

The Mahon tribunal has rejected the evidence of the former taoiseach Bertie Ahern in relation to his personal finances as mostly “untrue”.

In its final report, published today, the tribunal found that, contrary to his sworn evidence, there were no dig-outs in 1993 and 1994 for Mr Ahern and that large dollar and sterling cash lodgements were made to his bank accounts in the mid-1990s.

However, the tribunal said that because Mr Ahern did not give a true account as to the source of money that was lodged to his accounts, it has not been able to identify where the money came from.

For this reason, it could not determine whether Mr Ahern had received corrupt payments from the developer Owen O’Callaghan, the tribunal said.

The tribunal rejected Mr Ahern’s evidence in relation to his current home, on Beresford Avenue, in Drumcondra, Dublin. It found that the house was beneficially owned by Mr Ahern at all times, and was not bought by Michael Wall of Manchester, and then later sold by him to Mr Ahern, as claimed in sworn evidence by both men.

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