Businessman remanded on continuing bail

BUSINESSMAN Jim Kennedy, who was last week charged with numerous counts of corrupt payments to politicians, was remanded on continuing bail when he appeared at Cloverhill District Court.

On Friday evening last, Kennedy was brought before Dublin District Court accused of payments to politicians. The charges relate to the attempted rezoning of land owned by Jackson Way Properties at Carrickmines in 1992, and the successful rezoning of part of these lands in 1997.

Kennedy, aged 63, who faces 16 charges, had been remanded in custody with consent to bail of €30,000 in his own bond and with an independent surety of €50,000, to be lodged with the prison governor.

He remained silent during the proceedings yesterday to which he was accompanied by his wife Antoinette.

Judge Bridget Reilly heard that the defence was consenting to him being remanded on continuing bail to appear at the Dublin District Court tomorrow.

Kennedy’s charges include allegations of payments to: former Dublin councillor Seán Gilbride, at the offices of former Government press secretary and lobbyist Frank Dunlop, Upper Mount St, Dublin 2, on June 11, 1992; former councillor Jack Larkin, at Conway’s Public House, Parnell St, Dublin; former councillor Tom Hand on May 4, 1992, at the reception area of Dublin County Council, as well as former councillor Liam Cosgrave, on a date between June 12 and June 29, 1992.

As part of his bail terms he must reside at Apartment 5, Floor 4 of The Four Seasons Hotel, in Ballsbridge, in Dublin and sign on daily at Donnybrook Garda station.

Three former Dublin County Councillors and one current member of Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council, were also charged last Friday with receiving sums of money as an “inducement” or “reward” for voting for the rezoning of 108 acres of land in Carrickmines on dates in 1992 and 1997.

The DPP has directed “trial on indictment” in relation to Seán Gilbride, Colm McGrath, Don Lydon and Tony Fox, meaning their cases are to go before a judge and jury at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after they have been served with books of evidence.

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