Challenge over testimony


Businessman Jim Kennedy is seeking leave to challenge a judge’s refusal to require former government press secretary and lobbyist Frank Dunlop to give sworn testimony for the purpose of criminal proceedings against Mr Kennedy.

Mr Kennedy denies 16 charges including giving sums of money to certain politicians as an inducement for voting to rezone certain lands at Carrickmines, Co Dublin, in 1992 and 1997. The chief prosecution witness is Mr Dunlop and the case is due to be heard later this year. Mr Justice Michael Peart will rule later today whether to grant Mr Kennedy permission to bring his High Court judicial review challenge.