Dublin council corruption trial adjourned until Monday

Kennedy accused of bribing McGrath, Cosgrave, Fox and Lydon

Former councillor Donal Lydon arriving at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court earlier this week. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Former councillor Donal Lydon arriving at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court earlier this week. Photograph: Collins Courts.

 

The corruption trial of businessman Jim Kennedy and four county councillors has been adjourned until Monday at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring has told the jury of seven women and four men that she has a number of sentences to deal with and that other matters have arisen that have disrupted the trial today .

Former lobbyist Frank Dunlop has testified that Mr Kennedy gave him IR£25,000 in 1991 to bribe four councillors to vote in favour of rezoning land at Carrickmines.

Mr Kennedy has pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of making corrupt payments to councillors.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Councillor Tony Fox (72) of Mountainview Park, Churchtown, Dublin and former councillors Colm Mc Grath (56) of Swiftwood, Saggart, Donal Lydon (74) of Santo Antonio, Stillorgan Park Avenue and Liam Cosgrave (57) of Merrion Park, Blackrock, have pleaded not guilty to corruptly receiving money as inducements to rezone lands as industrial.

The trial is due to last until the end of July.