Nobody believed Gráinne Carruth’s evidence.
Not the judges. Not the lawyers. Not the press. Not the general public.
In the end, it turned out that not even Gráinne Carruth believed the rehearsed lies she was parroting in defence of her former boss. In the end, it took a threat from the Tribunal’s lawyer to bring Gráinne Carruth to her senses: a threat of imprisonment and financial penalties for perjury.
You see, Gráinne Carruth presented the Tribunal with an utter fabrication, seeking to mislead it into believing that Bertie Ahern never received any payments in foreign currency. This lie was rapidly exposed, causing a deeply uncomfortable tribunal session which saw Gráinne Carruth repeatedly breaking down in terror.
As well she might. This unfortunate woman had become wrapped up in a tangle of fabrications designed to confuse and obfuscate, to divert attention from Bertie Ahern. And now she was facing jail for a misguided loyalty to the man who had paid her an insulting pittance when she worked as his secretary.
I just want to go home, sobbed Gráinne Carruth at one point, and though nobody present felt anything but sympathy, the truth had to be found.
Having previously denied lodging large amounts of UK currency to Bertie Ahern’s account, was she now conceding that she had in fact done so?
As a matter of probability, I do accept that.
And what happened to the bank receipts?
I always gave everything back to Bertie.
Gráinne Carruth is no crook. Gráinne Carruth is simply one more victim of Bertie Ahern’s complete lack of conscience and human empathy. Gráinne Carruth is one more disposable pawn in Bertie Ahern’s ruthless career of using people for his own benefit, and of discarding them when he’s finished.
This man without honour employed Gráinne Carruth at a wage of £66 per week — a sum that was insultingly low even in 1994. This man without honour then allowed Gráinne Carruth to go into the witness stand and tell a fabricated story that benefited her in no way. This man devoid of human feeling or decency was prepared to contemplate a former employee risking prison on his behalf to cover up his dirty dealings.
Gráinne Carruth’s evidence was clearly rehearsed and coached. Given that she hasn’t worked for Bertie since 1999, somebody must have made contact, and what I want to know is this:
- Did Gráinne Carruth contact Bertie or was it the other way round?
- Who met Gráinne Carruth prior to the Tribunal sessions?
- Who coached Gráinne Carruth in telling these lies to protect Bertie Ahern?
- How did they persuade a woman who no longer works for the constituency to risk everything on behalf of a man without honour, decency or human feeling?
- What kind of pressure was applied to Gráinne Carruth and who applied it?
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