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# Mahon Tribunal

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# Explainer
What exactly did the Mahon Tribunal find against Bertie Ahern?
The former Taoiseach recently walked out of an interview after being asked about the Tribunal’s findings.
# conflict zone
Bertie Ahern cuts interview short after he's asked about Mahon Tribunal
“I’ve dealt with that issue and I am not saying any more about that issue.”
# Welcome back
Fianna Fáil branch to ask Bertie Ahern to rejoin party
Dublin Central chair Brian Mohan said Ahern “has been nothing but loyal to Fianna Fáil” and “deserves a second chance”.
# Dublin
Controversial former Dublin planner George Redmond has died
Redmond passed away in hospital after a short illness.
Voices
Elected officials need to know there are consequences to corruption
Corruption is a health risk to our democracy, writes Nuala Haughey.
# keeping busy
What's Bertie been up to?
The former taoiseach is before the banking inquiry this week, but what’s he been doing since he left office?
# back in the day
Check out this video of Fianna Fáil minister Ray Burke 'baring his soul' to the Dáil in 1997
Four months after Fianna Fáil’s return to power, the new minister is embroiled in controversy.
# Small mercies
It turns out the Mahon Tribunal is going to cost less than was previously thought*
*Though it’s still a whopping €159 million.
# RIP
Key Mahon Tribunal witness Tom Gilmartin passes away
The businessman and property developer gave evidence alleging he gave a large cheque to former Fianna Fáil TD Pádraig Flynn when trying to develop a shopping centre.
# Corruption
Read: Village magazine's vow to take legal action on white collar crime
The current affairs magazine has called on DPP to initiate legal proceedings against those found by specific bankers and people found by the Mahon Tribunal to have been involved in corrupt activities – or else it will.
Voices
Column: The Mahon Report shows we need direct democracy to end abuses of power
The corruption identified in the Mahon Report would have been avoided under a system of direct democracy – which demands that the public have a real say in decisions that affect their lives, writes Raymond Whitehead.
Voices
Column: Living with the legacy of corruption
Young Dublin Fianna Fáil councillor Paul McAuliffe says the corruption revealed in the Mahon report makes it difficult to repair public’s trust in politics.
# Mahon Tribunal
"He was a man with the biggest ego" - choice quotes from the final Mahon chapter
“He was a sort of slippery type of person and you would want to be very cautious in your dealings with him”.
# Mahon
Rezoning, holidaying with Redmond and a secret map: Mahon's verdict on developer Jim Kennedy
The businessman was at the centre of the recent corruption trial which collapsed when witness Frank Dunlop fell ill. Today, Mahon has had its say on his involvement with lands in Carrickmines.
# Mahon
The who’s who of the Mahon Tribunal
The longest-running inquiry in the history of the State has concluded its report – these were some of the names it focused on.
# Mahon
Why did we have to wait so long for the final Mahon chapter?
The final chapter of the report was delayed due to a trial that ultimately collapsed.
# Mahon Tribunal
Mahon: Frank Dunlop bribed councillors for rezoning of M50 lands
The Tribunal has found that Frank Dunlop made the corrupt payments to the councillors on behalf of businessman Jim Kennedy.
# Mahon
Mahon Tribunal timeline: From whistleblower to digouts
Here’s everything you need to know to get to grips with the planning and permission tribunal of inquiry, which published its final chapter this morning.
# Mahon
Carrickmines: Final chapter of Mahon Tribunal report is published
Read it here.
# Planning
Councils given legal guidelines on new local area plans
The new guidelines mark the first time that councils have been given legal guidelines on their plans.
# Fianna Fáil
Micheál Martin: I still keep in touch with Brian Cowen
The Fianna Fáil leader said he had a “good chat” with his predecessor at a recent funeral but neither Cowen nor Bertie Ahern have any input to party policy.
# Planning
Plans to establish independent planning regulator under Mahon Tribunal terms
Jan O’Sullivan said it was now a matter of deciding whether an entirely new entity should be created or if the current system should be adapted.
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: Mahon tribunal, water charges and National Lottery
Senators debate amendments to water charges laws while TDs consider selling the National Lottery licence.
Voices
Column: Public inquiry system reflects power imbalance in Irish society
Women’s lives are not a priority in the public sphere – and this is clear from a series of inquiries, writes Margaret O’Keeffe.
# review 2012
'A logistical, logarithmic progression' : The year in 46 quotes
“It’s clear that people are pissed off with us as a government” and 45 other quotes that tell the story of 2012.
# Review2012
Mahon, Reilly, Savita: Game-changing political moments of 2012
Unlike 2011 this was not a year of any seismic shifts in Irish politics but there were plenty of stand-out moments which will have repercussions going into next year and most of them involved one man…
# Closure
Pics: Government publications sales office closes today
No more queues for tribunal reports or the latest CSO stats.
# local government
Mixed response to Hogan's plans for local council cull
Political parties criticise plans to do away with town councils, but the response of others is a little more enthusiastic.
# local government
Significant reforms will see planning powers of councillors curtailed
Minister Phil Hogan said he wanted to remove the possibility of councillors abusing their power.
# Bertie
'A consensus politician': Bertie Ahern profile still on Fianna Fáil website
The former taoiseach may have left the party in the wake of damning findings by the Mahon Tribunal but a glowing profile on the Fianna Fáil website remains.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the Oireachtas be allowed to investigate the bank guarantee?
Two Oireachtas committee are vying for the chance to investigate the bank guarantee four years ago but should politicians be allowed to scrutinise the decision in the first place?
# Therese Ridge
Ridge resigns from Fine Gael in the wake of disciplinary proceedings
Therese Ridge lost the party whip after the Fine Gael disciplinary committee considered the findings of the Mahon Tribunal report against her.
# Open government
Website needed for disclosure of lobbyists' meetings with policy makers
Transparency International Ireland has reacted to a report in today’s Irish Times outlining proposed laws that will force lobbyists to disclose their contacts with politicians and senior civil servants.
# Appointment
Barrister whose ad led to Mahon Tribunal nominated to the High Court
Colm MacEochaidh, a former Fine Gael general election candidate, has been nominated to the High Court by the government.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Monday
Your nightly round-up of the day’s biggest news stores…
# Mahon
€196 million: the estimated final cost for the Mahon Tribunal
The Department of the Environment updates its formal estimates on how much the Planning Tribunal will cost the public.
# Mahon
“Therese Ridge is not a crook” – FG cllr appeals party action after Mahon
Dublin councillor Therese Ridge says she did nothing wrong in accepting a donation from Frank Dunlop, an action which the Mahon Tribunal found was inappropriate.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Thursday
Our essential roundup of the day’s big stories – plus any other bits and pieces you may have missed…
# James Gogarty
Mahon whistleblower James Gogarty left with €1m legal costs
James Gogarty incurred legal costs of over €4.5 million for Mahon – but the State was only willing to cover €3.56 million.