Redmond corruption trial nears end

The hearing of evidence has ended at George Redmond's corruption trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and the concluding stages have now been reached.

The hearing of evidence has ended at George Redmond's corruption trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and the concluding stages have now been reached.

Mr Redmond (aged 83) of College Gate, Castleknock, has pleaded not guilty to two charges arising out of a compulsory purchase order on 167 acres of land at Buzzardstown and Coolmine, in north-west Dublin when he was an assistant county manager.

He denies receiving £10,000 from the late Fianna Fáil councillor Mr Patrick Dunne on a date between October 10, 1985 and June 26, 1989 as an inducement in respect of the compulsory purchase order and to receiving the money 'as a reward for showing favour to another' in relation to the same land.

Some legal issues are being dealt with in the absence of the jury before the three women and eight men hear closing speeches from prosecuting counsel, Ms Pauline Walley SC (with Mr Patrick McGrath BL), and defence counsel, Mr Brendan Grehan SC (with Mr Angus Buttanshaw BL), on day-14 of the trial.

The jury will start deliberating after it has been charged by Judge Joseph Matthews.

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