Dáil to begin debating Mahon tribunal findings

Dáil to begin debating Mahon tribunal findings

A debate on the Mahon Tribunal report will get underway in the Dáil tonight.

The Government has already referred the document to the Gardaí, the Criminal Assets Bureau and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The Cabinet will for the first time this morning consider the more than 3,000-page report.

Ministers are expected to accept all of the report's recommendations and begin to work on any legislative changes needed.

Tonight the first part of a three-day Dáil debate on the report will begin.

Between tonight and Thursday almost 10 hours of time has been set aside to allow the report be debated.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and others named in the report have already resigned from Fianna Fáil before motions to expel them are taken.

The report is also with the DPP and Gardaí to see if any criminal case should follow.

Speaking this morning, Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said the report's findings have to be considered carefully.

"We all need to digest it," he said.

"There is 15 years' work and over 3,000 pages… so careful study and digestion before comment."

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