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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Redmond defends delay in court fight

FORMER assistant Dublin city and county manager, George Redmond, has argued a six-year delay in pursuing a High Court action he brought to overturn a corruption finding against him was justified.

He said the delay was caused following concealment by the planning tribunal of documents which would have enabled him to test the credibility of its main witness, James Gogarty.

The Flood (now Mahon) Tribunal found in its 2004 third interim report Mr Redmond, now 88, had received a corrupt payment in relation to planning matters and had also obstructed its work.

In 2005, Mr Redmond brought a High Court action seeking to quash those findings.

This week, the tribunal sought to have that action dismissed because of a delay of six years in prosecuting the case.

Yesterday, following submissions from both sides, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan reserved judgment.

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