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Twenty-five years ago today, and long before any lines were drawn in the sand, Century Radio went on air.

The Flood Tribunal found that the then Minister for Communications and Justice Ray Burke received £35,000 from Oliver Barry (a director of Century) which was deemed a corrupt payment.

The Flood report states:

In March 1989, some months prior to the payment in question, Mr. Burke, in his capacity as Minister for Communications, had issued a Directive which fixed the level of transmission fees payable by Century to Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ), the national broadcaster. Mr. Burke’s Directive resulted in Century paying RTÉ considerably less than RTÉ had sought for the use of its facilities. In 1990, the year following the payment, Mr. Burke promoted legislation which, inter alia, restricted RTÉ’s income from advertising in anticipation that independent broadcasters would benefit.

Mr Burke still receives €103,000 in a ministerial pension annually.

Good times.

Via RTÉ Archives

The Mahon Tribunal is due to publish its report [by Justice Alan Mahon, above] on corruption in the planning process later today. It is the final report from an inquiry that has lasted 15 years…The last report from the Planning and Payments Tribunal will come after 1,200 days of public hearings involving over 600 witnesses.

The previous chairman Fergus Flood made corruption findings against a number of individuals…

Today’s report will focus on the allegations of developer Tom Gilmartin…[including] that Bertie Ahern was paid by rival developer Owen O’Callaghan.


Mahon Tribunal Final Report To Be Published Today (RTE)

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