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Dáil to begin debate on Mahon Tribunal findings

Legislation has been largely abandoned this week with TDs set to discuss the corruption revelations in the Tribunal’s final report.

Bertie Ahern pictured in 1997
Bertie Ahern pictured in 1997
Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

TDs ARE SET to begin debate today on the findings of the Mahon Tribunal.

Legislative plans have been largely abandoned to make way for a three-day discussion of the findings contained in the Tribunal’s final report.

Ministers are also likely to debate the report in this morning’s Cabinet meeting – the first weekly session since the Mahon Tribunal released its final document last Thursday.

However, Taoiseach Enda Kenny will not be present as he is still in China on a State visit.

In the Dáil, the Government are expected to face calls to implement the recommendations of the Tribunal, which called for widespread reform of planning measures.

It also urged strengthening of anti-corruption protections, which it said should be kept under constant review in future.

A number of politicians have already resigned their party membership after the report made findings of corruption or cast doubt on their evidence.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern left Fianna Fáil yesterday, along with onetime cabinet minister Pádraig Flynn and ex-councillor John Hannon.

Meanwhile, Cllr Anne Devitt has resigned from Fine Gael after the Tribunal found she had “compromised” her duties as an elected representative.

There have been calls for politicians who are the subject of adverse findings to have their State pensions rescinded. However, junior minister Joe Costello has said that this would require a constitutional amendment.

More: Full coverage of the Mahon Tribunal fallout on TheJournal.ie>

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