Everywhere you look, the world is full of generous businessmen, but in North Dublin, you can’t fling a crooked stick over your shoulder without hitting one of them. Take for instance the 24 anonymous businessmen who got together and contributed a pile of money to buy a house that was never placed in trust for the Party, but retained instead for Bert’s exclusive use. What a great, great bunch of fellows.
Dominic Dillane, the chief treasurer for Bert’s constituency office doesn’t know where the money came from to buy Bert’s house. Neither does Liam Cooper, the senior treasurer of the Dublin central constituency. Liam also has no idea how much money was in three bank accounts associated with Bert’s constituency office, how much was paid in or how much was ever taken out. In fact, until the Tribunal started to ask questions about them, Fianna Fáil didn’t know the accounts existed at all.
When the tribunal asked Mr Dillane what account the money came out of to buy the property, he replied, We’re still getting that off the banks.
This is horseshit. They’re not waiting for any information from the banks. Dillane has been trying to pass this nonsense off as an honest answer to a question, and he has failed dismally. Of course, this is the man whol told the tribunal that records relating to one of the accounts were destroyed on the advice of an accountancy firm, which is also plainly a load of old bollocks.
Liam Cooper, in a Father Ted moment, said he would have asked one of the trustees about the accounts when preparing his report to the agm.
I might say for example to Tim Collins, What’s the story with the B/T account? . . . and he would say Grand, it hasn’t been touched or whatever, and I’d say That’s grand.
Judge Alan Mahon wondered if Cooper knew about all the money in the accounts.
Not really, now that I think of it, said Cooper, … we had no need to query anything because everything went extremely well.
You think that’s all bollocks? Wait till you hear this.
Joe Burke, the man in charge of the three accounts, was supposed to be a trustee of St Luke’s, and oversaw the accumulation of cash in the accounts for the upkeep of the building.
What was he a trustee of? Well, he was supposed to be responsible for holding the building in trust for Fianna Fáil, but there’s a bit of a problem. The problem is the fact that no legal trust was ever created.
If there’s no trust, there can’t be any trustees.
And if there are no trustees, and no trust, then the building can’t be held in trust for anyone, can it? So who’s the real, beneficial owner? Who did the generous businessmen think they were buying the house for?
Then of course, there was all the money that had to be lodged in the accounts for maintenance of the building, and the odd fact that none of it was ever used for that purpose. It just never worked out. Joe took out £20,000 in August, 1994 to get some damp-proofing done, but then he decided not to bother with this vital job, because it was too big. So he put the money in his safe for a couple of months, as you would, and finally left an envelope containing £20,000 (British) in Bert’s office. This was to be collected by Tim Collins to lodge in the infamous B/T account, but Joe didn’t tell the person he handed the envelope to what it contained. Joe didn’t ask for a receipt.
Here, he probably said. Have a bag of feathers.
Whatever about not getting the damp fixed, Joe had little hesitation in handing £30,000 from the account to Bert’s girlfriend for the purchase of a house. This loan was paid back earlier this year when the tribunal started asking about it. And strangely, Joe never told Bertie about this loan.
Now look. How much more of this bollocks talk are we expected to swallow?
Why is there no trust?
Who really owns the house?
Who paid the money for it?
How much was paid into all these accounts by anonymous but incredibly generous businessmen?
Do they think we’re all fools?
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