Tuesday 20 March 2018

D Day looms for Bertie as Mahon report may be published this week

BERTIE Ahern may be told the outcome of the Mahon Tribunal by the end of the week.

Legal sources have indicated that the much-anticipated report is almost ready to be made public.

Mr Justice Alan Mahon's team has been working on the fine detail and ironing out legal issues with the wording of the report ahead of its publication.

"It is due any day now. There was strong speculation that by coincidence it was going to land on the Monday after the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis but obviously that didn't happen," explained a source.

"It now looks like it could be ready for this week although everyone involved is sworn to secrecy. Like what happened with Moriarty, there won't be much forewarning, it will just be published."

The tribunal, which last sat in December 2008, has cost taxpayers in the region of €250m.

At the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis, party leader Micheal Martin warned that anybody found guilty of wrongdoing in the report will be dealt with robustly.


This was interpreted as a thinly-veiled threat to former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Some in the party were surprised when Mr Ahern turned up at the event.

Mr Martin promised delegates at his party's Ard Fheis that he was determined they would never be let down by "low standards" again.

"When the final report of the Mahon Tribunal is published, we will act without fear or favour against anyone who is shown to have abused their position in Fianna Fail or in elected office.

"Action will be swift and comprehensive," he said.

The Tribunal of Inquiry Into Certain Planning Matters and Payments has already delivered four interim reports that outlined corruption in the planning process.

Once it is finalised, the report will be sent to Cabinet and the Attorney General for consideration.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet is getting closer to reaching a consensus on a date for the referendum on European Fiscal Treaty.

Sources have told the Herald that some within Government who were pushing for a date in late summer have backed down.

"Everybody seems to be coming around to the idea of the last week of May or the first week of June. The likely dates are May 31 or June 7."


A well-informed source said: "There was an effort on the part of some people to postpone it until after the summer. But that would have derailed the planned children's referendum.

"The summer is also out because of the European Championships."


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