Flood Report was the first hard evidence of planning corruption

THE first hard evidence confirming corruption in the planning process came with the publication of the landmark Flood Report in October 2002.

The interim report concluded that former minister Ray Burke received a series of corrupt payments worth at least £250,000 in the 80s.

Although many allegations have been heard by the tribunal since it started 1999, the former Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin North remains the sole holder of public office to have a definitive finding made against him.

Among the report’s findings are:

Mr Burke did not acquire his former home at Briargate, Swords, Co Dublin, as part of a normal commercial transaction.

He received four payments totalling £160,000 from developers Tom Brennan and Joe McGowan through offshore companies in the 80s.

He was paid £35,000 by Century Radio founder Oliver Barry in 1989 to assist the station as Minister for Communications.

He was paid at least £30,000 at a meeting in June 1989 by James Gogarty on behalf of building group JMSE in return for help in altering the planning status of lands owned by JMSE boss Joseph Murphy Senior.

Although the tribunal has heard more allegations involving witnesses such as Liam Lawlor, George Redmond and Frank Dunlop, it has indicated that it is unlikely to issue any further reports until it has concluded oral hearings on all related matters.

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