From 1984, Father Michael Cleary was one of five churchmen who took part in a charity Church v State Celebrity Challenge motor race in the Phoenix Park.
Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey started the race after arriving in a vintage Rolls Royce.
Participants included Liam Cosgrave.
The race was won by TD Michael Keating, racing for the Stanhope Centre for Alcoholism, who celebrated with champagne.
The Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill proposes penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment and unlimited fines, as well as giving the courts power to remove public officials from office and exclude them from holding office for up to 10 years.
The Heads of the Bill also include a recommendation from the Mahon Tribunal which would create a new offence of making payments knowingly or recklessly to a third party who intends to use them as bribes.
One academic specialising in the area, Dr Elaine Byrne of Trinity College, said, if the Bill is not watered down, it will be one of the most radical pieces of legislation internationally on corruption.
ie. It’ll be watered down.
Government publishes wide-ranging bill aimed at tackling corruption (RTE News)
(Will St Leger street art pic: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
A new bill to reform the corruption and bribery laws, you say?
Mr Shatter said the response of the Government to reform, in the light of the self-examination sparked by the reports of the Moriarty and Mahon tribunals, would be “the mark of our integrity as ministers and parliamentarians”.
Speaking later to The Irish Times, the Minister declined to comment on the cases of individuals who had been the subject of adverse findings by the tribunals.
Pointing out that gardaí were currently awaiting directions from the DPP in relation to possible criminal proceedings arising from the Moriarty tribunal, he said he had been careful not to say anything that could prejudice any action that could arise.
Mr Shatter ruled out any changes in the law which would facilitate criminal action against those featuring in tribunal reports, saying laws could not be enacted to apply retrospectively to people.
Bill to fight corruption due shortly, says Shatter (Irish Times)
People in Ireland have mixed feelings about corruption, according to a new Eurobarometer survey carried out for the European Commission.
Just 55pc of Irish people think corruption is unavoidable and has always existed, which is the second lowest rate in Europe after the Czech Republic at 46pc, and well below the EU average of 70pc.
However, 86pc of Irish respondents believe corruption is a major problem in their country, compared with the EU average 74pc, and a one point increase since the 2009 survey.
The Eurobarometer also reveals that, with regard to politics, fewer Irish people think there is sufficient transparency and supervision in the financing of political parties. Whereas only 18pc of Irish respondents agree that transparency and supervision in the financing of political parties is sufficient, 65pc disagree (EU average 22pc to 68pc).
Revealed: Corporate donations The Parties Didn’t Tell You About (Cormac McQuinn, Irish Independent)