McDowell: “One Billion is a lot of money for a Tribunal”

Minister McDowell is stirring the pot again, this time he is questioning the enormous cost of the tribunal system. Bertie Ahern, in a pre-recorded lunchtime interview on Newstalk will put some ‘distance’ between himself and his tainiste:

“I’m not going to call for the end of something I was subject to.

“I was up in front of it because of the position I held. A number of years ago we decided in all tribunals that there was a date they had to be finished by and if it wasn’t reached then, the fees would come in at a lower level .

“The tribunal have an argument that they have been frustrated, but there are 12,000 discovery orders totaling €400m, third party costs of hundreds of millions – I have no idea, so I am not going to speculate – and legal fees outstanding to hundreds of solicitors of €100m,” he said.

When pressed if the Mahon tribunal should be allowed to complete its final report, the Taoiseach says he would be the last person in the world that would want to see the tribunals frustrated. I don’t think we are going to see them winding up.

“I’m certainly not going to interfere.”



  • seabhac siúlach

    “I’m certainly not going to interfere.”

    Personally, of course not. However, it is certainly in Mr Ahern’s interest that the Mahon tribunal be prevented from studying the Quarryvale allegations (involving the no doubt completely false inference that certain tax favours were given by Mr. Ahern to a property developer called O’Callaghan while Ahern was Minister of Finance) until after the next general election. Conveniently enough, for Mr. Ahern, O’Callaghan has taken a case all the way to the Supreme court to prevent any discussion of his role in these irregularities, and it is, thus, unlikely that any discussion of Mr. Ahern’s role will now be discussed until after the election. How fortunate, the timing of these legal matters…

    “…the Taoiseach says he would be the last person in the world that would want to see the tribunals frustrated.”

    Ha, ha, haaaa…hilarious stuff…

  • Crataegus

    Does the blame for the cost not lie at the feet of the corrupt politicians who have to be investigated rather than the tribunal itself? That said there must be a cheaper way of investigating these things.

    Politically this looks like McDowell trying to throw up a smoke screen which will draw attention away from Bertie or am I reading it wrong? Given FF’s track record dangerous waters to wade into.

  • Bevan called the medical profession Vermin when they fought him tooth and nail to prevent the creation of the Health service.

    The legal profession has by its own actions, acted like, and become Parasitical vermin, the only winners in these things are sub-human Lawyers.

    Over paid, over rated and under-achievers.

    Win, lose, or draw, these Parasites get paid, thats the real scandal.