Redmond back in court on fresh corruption charges

JAILED former Dublin City and County assistant manager, George Redmond, has made another appearance before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on corruption charges.

Redmond, who is currently serving a 12-month jail sentence having being convicted of a similar offence last December, is facing further charges in relation to his former role with the local authority.

The case involves a compulsory purchase order of around 167 acres of land at Buzzardstown in north-west Dublin in the mid-1980s.

It is claimed Mr Redmond received £10,000 in relation to the acquisition of the site by the council on a date between June 1985 and June 1986.

Mr Redmond is charged on two counts under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act, of corruptly receiving money as an inducement or reward for doing, or forbearing to do, anything about the compulsory purchase order. If found guilty, he could face a prison sentence up to a maximum of seven years.

Yesterday, his barrister, Brendan Grehan, SC, opposed an application by counsel for the DPP to ask the court to fix a trial date.

Mr Grehan said it was impossible to conceive at the moment how Mr Redmond could receive a fair trial if a date was fixed at this stage.

He pointed out that his client was also currently involved in hearings before the Planning Tribunal at Dublin Castle which were likely to continue until the summer.

Mr Redmond was also appealing his conviction on separate corruption charges to the Court of Criminal Appeal, said Mr Grehan.

Last December, Mr Redmond was sentenced to a year in jail after he was found guilty of receiving a corrupt £10,000 payment from former garage owner, Brendan Fassnidge over the sale of council land at Palmerstown, Co Dublin, in the late 1980s.

The 79-year-old former council official, who was brought to court from Cloverhill Prison yesterday morning, did not speak during the short hearing.

Judge Michael White said in the circumstances he would put the case back for further mention to May 17 to see how matters had progressed in the interval.

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