McDowell: Crisis over, nothing to see here

Just had this from reader Gabriel:

Just listening to the 1 o’clock news on NewsTalk, and it seems McDowell has just declared crisis over. He said that “damage has been done to the government”, but this scandal broke over events “that took place a long time ago”, and it’s time to fix the divisions and “get on with government”.

Hmmm… They also reported that the FF backbenchers are solid behind Bertie… I wonder if the Irish Times thinks its over…Colm Keena:

The solicitor who organised the “dig-out” for Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 1993 also acted for the Manchester man who sold Mr Ahern his Drumcondra home. The late Gerard Brennan, who had a solicitor’s firm at 27 Upper Mount Street, acted for businessman Michael Wall when Mr Wall bought the house in March 1995. He also acted as solicitor for a number of years for two Irish companies owned by Mr Wall and which used Mr Brennan’s address as their registered office in the 1990s.

Mr Brennan was a close friend of Mr Ahern’s and acted as personal solicitor for him in the early 1990s. Along with the former Fianna Fáil fundraiser Des Richardson, he was involved in the raising of £22,500 for Mr Ahern, from eight donors, in and around Christmas 1993. He served on the board of Eircom from November 1992. Mr Brennan died in 1997.

Mr Ahern bought the Drumcondra house from Mr Wall in October 1997. Yesterday in the Dáil, Mr Ahern said he rented the house for two years, at full market rates, before buying it from Mr Wall at full market value. This indicates Mr Ahern moved into the house soon after it was purchased by Mr Wall.

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  • I wish that the crisis was over, but I seriously doubt it.

    The bringing out this old bit of corruption – a black propaganda effort if there ever was one – was never intended to bring down Bertie’s government, but to gravely weaken its ability to help shape the restoration of provincial government, and it has succeeded, as everyone will see when the agenda of Plan B – what the kicking out of Aine de Baroid from the North was intended to start – is nothing but a memory.

    The restoration of Stormont is going to be completely on London’s and the DUP’s terms, and the Provos and Dublin will just have to be satisfied will licking their wounds about policiing, etc., unless they want to be left with simply nothing at all.

  • Greenflag

    It’s over . At least until next Wednesday when the identity of the ‘leak’ will become more generally known much to the discomfort of a certain opposition party in the Dail 🙂

    ‘The restoration of Stormont is going to be completely on London’s and the DUP’s terms,’

    In which case it should be one of the shortest restorations since that of Hungarian democracy in 1957 🙁

  • Todd

    Who’s going to release the name of the Leak Greenflag and are you sure of that?

  • Greenflag

    Todd,

    Here’s one possibility.

    RTÉ are reporting this afternoon that Minister of State for Europe, Noel Treacy, who is attached to the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of An Taoiseach, has been ordered to appear before the Mahon Tribunal next week in relation to the leak of documents relating to payments received by An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.

    Sources report that Treacy stated during an interview with Newstalk 106-108 that he knew the identity of the leaker. Mr Justice Mahon is believed to be ready to insist that the Minister reveal his information. ‘

  • smcgiff

    ‘Mr Justice Mahon is believed to be ready to insist that the Minister reveal his information.’

    Oh, that’d be fun. Seems like ages since we’d our last TD sent to jail.

  • Brian Boru

    I suspect a conspiracy against the govt within the PC-brigade media. Get ready for more leaks and lies from elements of the media and Opposition – especially closer to the election.

  • Todd

    Why wouldn’t Treacy give up the name willingly, he’s a Bertie man after all?

  • Greenflag

    ‘Get ready for more leaks and lies from elements of the media and Opposition – especially closer to the election. ‘

    After this debacle Bertie will be out there encouraging them 🙂 If this is the best the Opposition can come up with they have as much chance of winning the next election as a porcupine has of having a pound of butter shoved up it’s arse with a red hot needle .

  • William Joyce

    Todd: Treacy could find himself being sued if he just shot off. Remember when the “senior politician in FF”, the Squire Haughey was being outed? The outers were very cagey. The Squire never sued or threatened to sue until he was a cornered rat. Same thing.
    Speaking of the squire, he seems to have been right in saying Bertie was the cutest of them all. But maybe he was too cute. Like ensuring the 50k donaiton did not break the rules.
    As regards the Peace Process. As if anyone cares. The 6 cos is a failed entity. Giving Adams etc a few crumbs does not change that.

  • Martin

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  • Brian Boru

    Poll today shows 62% do not want the PDs to leave govt. Also, 32% want the next govt to be FF/PD, compared with 12% wanting FF alone propped up by Independents. Just 1 in 4 want FG/Lab. 63% want Bertie to remain as Taoiseach. On McDowell, 53% say he’s fit for public office to 47% disagreeing.

  • Brian Boru

    Poll is in Sunday Independent btw.