The Mahon Tribunal report is due out shortly, so this is going to be a dynamically changing post as information emerges.
This is the day we find out what Mahon thinks of da Bert, the illiterate fool who steered our country onto a rock while continuing to believe that he was an international statesman.
I don’t know what the tribunal will say about him, but I know what I think. In my opinion, he presided over the most debased, corrupt, incompetent, self-serving government this country has ever seen. I think his cunning and his hubris, combined with his personal uneducated ignorance, formed a toxic mixture that poisoned the whole country.
Time will tell. I can’t yet say what the report will contain but you can be sure I’ll put it up here as soon as it comes to hand.
The Mahon tribunal has said that it can’t decide if payments to Bertie Ahern were corrupt.
Why? Because not a word of his evidence was truthful. To put it another way, Ahern has succeeded in frustrating the inquiry by lying about every single thing he was asked. Ahern did not give the tribunal a truthful explanation for the money lodged to his account at various times, in various currencies, in the early 90s, and for this reason, the tribunal has been unable to establish where it came from.
The Tribunal is blunt in its findings of fact. There were no dig-outs. There was no spontaneous whip-round at a dinner in England. He didn’t win money on the horses as he claimed. The evidence given by Des Richardson and others supporting Ahern’s dig-out fairytale was untrue. Half a dozen people each gave the tribunal false information in support of Ahern. Furthermore, the tribunal says that he did not save £54,000 in cash at a time when he had no bank account. He lied about this.
Michael Wall did not own the house in Drumcondra — it was Ahern’s at all times, despite what he told the Tribunal, the Dáil and the press. Wall did not buy the house and later sell it to Ahern, contrary to the evidence given by both men.
The evidence given by Ahern, Joe Burke and Tim Collins about the notorious B/T account is rejected as lies. The money was not lodged for maintenance of the Fianna Fáil office at Drumcondra. According to the tribunal, this account was actually for the personal use of Ahern and Collins, a finding unlikely to surprise many people these days. I had my own views on this account which you can read here if you like. Collins in his evidence invited the tribunal to swallow the nonsense that B/T stood for Building/Trust, not Bertie/Tim, even though Collins had another account with Des Richardson called D/T.
It was from the B/T account that Bertie provided a huge loan to Celia Larkin which remained unpaid for 15 years until the tribunal started asking about it. Where did the money come from? Collins was in no doubt. It came from golf classics and he stuck to the story until someone pointed out that no golf classics were run until five years after the money was lodged. By the way, let’s not forget the involvement of Fingers Fingleton in all these shenanigans. It was Fingers who provided the money for Celia to pay back the FF loan after the tribunal started asking awkward questions. He had Bertie in his pocket.
These guys loved their codenames. Let’s not forget the CODR account, whhich they claimed stood for Cumann O Donovan Rossa, and which definitely didn’t stand for C/O Des Richardson, right?
What a remarkable coincidence that so many people swore false evidence to the tribunal and at the same time, all the lies somehow told the same story.
Perhaps one of the most worrying statements by the tribunal concerns political interference.
[The tribunal] came under sustained and virulent attack from a number of senior government ministers who questioned, inter alia, the legality of its inquiries as well as the integrity of its members
A legally-constituted tribunal of inquiry came under attack from senior government ministers for inquiring into corruption. It tells us all we need to know about Fianna Fáil’s attitude to democracy and makes their current crocodile tears all the more laughable. Micheál Martin was education minister from 1997 to 2,000 under Bertie Ahern. He was health minister for the next four years, also under Ahern. At no time did he raise questions about the arrant nonsense his leader was telling a sworn tribunal of inquiry.
Here’s the choice for Martin and the senior FF members.
1. They knew what Ahern was up to and either participated or assented to it. That makes them unfit for public office by virtue of the fact that they have no ethics.
2. The listened to Ahern’s ludicrous explanations of where he got his money and believed him. That makes them unfit for public office by virtue of the fact that they have no brains.
Which is it? Either way, all their talk of expelling Ahern from their party is just so much bluster, because it doesn’t matter. Fianna Fáil no longer matter. What they did has destroyed communites all over Ireland and has inflicted poverty on a large portion of the Irish people, though not on the likes of Ahern or Flynn, who continue to draw three or four large pensions each.
I’m starting to feel nauseated by all this, so the best thing is probably to provide a list of previous posts here, which were written as the tribunal heard all the ludicrous evidence.
Bertie Ahern and the Mahon Tribunal. He Hasn’t Gone Away, you Know.
Bertie Ahern’s English Money
Bertie and Tim’s B/T Account. Do They Think We’re Complete idiots?
The Kindest, Most trusting and Most Innocent Of Them All
Bertie Ahern, Celia Larkin and the Loan
Celia, Bertie and Fingers. The Plot Thickens
Bertie Ahern — A Man Without Honour
The Friends of Bertie Ahern
Bertie Ahern. Busted!!