29 April 2008

Redmond Corruption Trial opens in Dublin

Dublin's former assistant city and county manager George Redmond (photo) has gone on trial at the Circuit Criminal Court in the capital, charged with two counts of corruption.

Redmond is charged with receiving a corrupt payment of £ 10,000 between October 1985 and June 1989 from a former Fianna Fáil Councillor, the late Pat Dunne. The money was given in relation to the compulsory purchase of land at Buzzardstown near Blanchardstown in Dublin.

George Redmond, who will be 84 in June, has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecuting lawyer Pauline Whalley told the Jury of nine men and three women that the prosecution does not have to prove that Redmond did anything dishonest as a result of the payment, but simply that he received it. She said that George Redmond was promoted to his position of assistant city and county manager in the 1970s. It was a position of extreme power, influence and status, she added.

She explained that in March 1999 Redmond told two senior Garda officers that he had received the money from Cllr. Dunne in relation to Buzzardstown. He said he had signed a compulsory purchase order relating to the land at the direction of the city and county manager. But the prosecution says he told the Gardaí that Dunne did not have known that.

Redmond's defence counsel, Brendan Grehan, told the Jury that Redmond had said on oath in May 2000 that he had not received any money from Cllr. Dunne. The trial continues.

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