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With the passing of Tom Gilmartin.

That Pádraig Flynn Late Late Show interview in 1999 which prompted Mr Gilmartin to give evidence to the Mahon Tribunal.

On Tom Gilmartin:

“Haven’t seen him now for some years. I met him. He’s a Sligo man who went to England, made a lot of money, came back, wanted to do a lot of business in Ireland. Didn’t work out for him, didn’t work out for him. He’s not well, his wife isn’t well and he’s…he’s out of sorts.
I never took money from anybody to do a political favour in so far as planning is concerned.”

On his daughter Beverley Flynn:

“She’s a class act. She’s going to be proved right and she’s going to have a good career and I think she’s good for Dáil Éireann and I think she’s going to make an excellent politician.”

When asked by audience member, journalist Barry O’Halloran about his pay and expenses:

“I get give or take, it works out at about with expenses 140,000 a year and I pay 30.3% tax on that, so it’s about a net 100,000 and out of that 100,000 I run a home in Dublin, Castlebar and Brussels. I wanna tell you something, try it sometime…”


Watch the interview in full here.


90321620(Tom Gilmartin leaving the Mahon Tribumal in 2007)

He brought down Bertie Ahern, the most successful taoiseach ever in electoral terms and he brought an ignominious end to the overweening arrogance of Pee Flynn.

His evidence brought the likes of Liam Lawlor, George Redmond and Frank Dunlop to book, along with a supporting cast of strutting suits willing to spin any old yarn to support their threadbare testimony.

Tom is dead now. But he’s left a legacy more valuable than any plot of land ever fought over by the rezoning vultures.

A quiet funeral for a brave man the big boys could not bury (Miriam Lord, Irish Times)

“After spending over a decade of inquiries and countless millions of euros, the Tribunal has not made – nor could it make – a finding to support the scurrilous and untrue allegation allegation that I had been given a corrupt payment by Mr Owen O’Callaghan (the Cork based developer of Quarryvale) or any of his companies. I have never received a corrupt payment and I have never done anything to demean any office I have held. I know that some people will feel that some aspects of my personal finances are unusual and that in retrospect it is obvious I was wrong not to have paid more
attention to my financial affairs and records. I hid nothing. I gave the Tribunal unfettered access to all my financial records, and after years of investigation, this Tribunal has not made any finding of corruption against me. I have told the truth
to this Tribunal, and I reject strongly any suggestion that I sought to mislead it”

Bertie Ahern, March 22, 2012.

Sounds fair enough.

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

Sez the Mahon Tribunal report:


The tribunal is “satisfied that the €50,000 funded at least a significant portion of the purchase of a Mayo farm in name of Padraig Flynn’s wife [Dorothy Flynn, above]”.

Live Mahon-athon here

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