Findings against Redmond quashed

The Planning Tribunal has agreed at the High Court to withdraw findings of corruption and all other adverse findings made against former assistant Dublin City and County Manager George Redmond in its Third Interim Report of 2004.

Findings against Redmond quashed

A determination that Mr Redmond was not entitled to costs has also been withdrawn.

The development, announced yesterday to Mr Justice Paul Gilligan, comes after the tribunal told the Supreme Court last July it was no longer opposing Mr Redmond’s appeal against a 2012 court order halting his own action aimed at overturning the findings.

Outside court, 90-year- old Mr Redmond said he was relieved it was over. “It has been going on a long time and it has had a huge effect on my life and the life of my family, ” he said.

Senior Counsel Hugh Hartnett told the court Mr Redmond’s High Court action in its entirety could be settled. He asked the judge for several orders, including an order quashing all findings of corruption made by the tribunal and published in the Third Interim Report, as well as an order quashing the finding of the tribunal that Mr Redmond hindered and obstructed the Planning Tribunal.

The Tribunal is also now required to take appropriate steps to remove the quashed findings from circulation and must write to all local authorities advising them of the making of the order and requesting them to remove the Third Interim Repot of the Tribunal from any library, unless it has been amended or redacted.

The Planning Tribunal must now also ensure that the Third Interim Report is only available on any website it controls with the approrpiate amendments and that reasonable steps be take to make sure entries on the Wikipedia website relating to Mr Redmond and the Gogarty Module are updated to reflect that the findings have been quashed.

Counsel for the Tribunal Patricia Dillon SC told the court that once the order was made the Third Interim Report would be taken down from the Tribunal website and only put back up in its redacted form.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan struck out the action and give Mr Redmond costs.

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