“That was not my money”

Via Damien. Vincent Browne in fine journalistic form at the Fianna Fail manifesto launch asking Bertie Ahern some ‘stupid’ questions. Updated below
Meanwhile the Irish Times adds some more detail to those money transfers

Mr Wall and Mr Ahern have told the tribunal that on December 3rd, 1994, Mr Wall produced £30,000 sterling in cash during a meeting in Mr Ahern’s constituency centre, St Luke’s. Mr Ahern’s then partner, Celia Larkin, was also at the meeting. Mr Ahern put the cash in a safe.

Mr Ahern told the tribunal the money was to be used on structural work on the house that was being purchased by Mr Wall, and that Ms Larkin would oversee this.

The money was deposited by her in a bank account in her name on December 5th. Some of the money was later used to settle a stamp duty bill of approximately £8,400 that arose from the purchase of the house by Mr Wall.

On the same day, Ms Larkin deposited £50,000 belonging to Mr Ahern in another account in her name, again for use on work on the house. However, this money was withdrawn a month later and returned in cash to Mr Ahern, the tribunal has been told.

In 1996, Mr Wall wrote a will dealing solely with the Drumcondra house and leaving it to Mr Ahern in the event of his death.

In the event of Mr Ahern pre-deceasing him, the house was to go to Mr Ahern’s children. Mr Ahern said he had no knowledge of this.

Mr Ahern told the tribunal he had decided to buy the house after he became Taoiseach in 1997.

Mr Wall said the net proceeds from the sale were lodged to a savings account in Galway. A month later he withdrew £50,000 in cash. He told the tribunal that he had intended to purchase machinery with the money but did not. He brought the cash back with him to Manchester where he placed it in a safe before spending it on receipted expenditures.

Update A couple of reminders of Bertie Ahern’s previous denials


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