9 thoughts on “Fencing

  1. Joan

    The Moriarty Tribunal found that Denis O’Brien was ‘corrupt’. That was the word used. Corrupt. This new broadband rubbish is one reason why we desperately need the Independents to collapse the government and have a new election.

      1. Martco

        Even though I grew up with this tribunal at the time & it all over the news….

        (strikes me also how anyone under 25 would be almost oblivious how deep and bad their government’s corruption is as CAB have never really seriously followed up on the findings afaik)

        christ, I had to read back on this to remind myself of just how amazingly bent it all was, STILL IS and looks like being AGAIN:

        clip Moriarty Tribunal 2011 Findings

        Lowry “secured the winning” of the 1995 mobile licence for O’Brien.
        O’Brien made two payments to Lowry in 1996 and 1999 totalling IR£500,000 (GB£147,000 and GB£300,000) and supported a loan of GB£420,000 given to Lowry in 1999, a benefit equivalent to a payment.
        Lowry imparted substantive information to O’Brien which was “of significant value and assistance to him in securing the licence”.
        Lowry bypassed consideration by his Cabinet colleagues and thereby not only influenced, but delivered the result for Esat Digifone.
        A US$50,000 donation to Fine Gael was made through Telenor on behalf of Esat Digifone.
        Lowry sought to influence a hike in the lease for Marlborough House (Telecom Éireann headquarters) following a request from Mr Dunne (yes, that’s Ben Dunne) These rent increases would have improperly enriched Dunne, and were deemed to be “profoundly corrupt”.
        Lowry was criticised for his “cynical and venal abuse of office” and his brazen refusal to acknowledge the impropriety of his financial arrangements with O’Brien and Dunne.

        Greater precautions ought to have been taken to segregate those conducting the evaluation of the mobile phone licence bids from their political master.
        All donations to politicians or political parties should be reported to the SIPO (Standards in Public Office) Commission.
        All recommendations by public office holders to the Revenue Commissioners

        A team of detectives, led by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) chief, DCS Eugene Corcoran, investigated if the report could identify any criminal wrongdoing that could be then investigated…….

        and that’s where it stands to this day, CAB have sat on this for 7 years now??

  2. realPolithicks

    Wouldn’t you love to know just how many contracts [he who must not be named] has with the Irish government and how much those contracts are worth.

    1. millie st murderlark

      Is that something an FoI search would produce? I’d love to see just how dirty Dinny’s hands are.

      1. realPolithicks

        I’d say it would take years to get anything out of this government regarding him especially since they are up to their neck in it themselves.

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