Redmond acquitted on bribe charge

George Redmond has been acquitted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of receiving a £10,000-punt bribe from a Fianna Fáil councillor in 1980, the jury are still deliberating on a second charge.

George Redmond has been acquitted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of receiving a £10,000-punt bribe from a Fianna Fáil councillor in 1980, the jury are still deliberating on a second charge.

The jury found him not guilty of receiving the £10,000-punt bribe from a Fianna Fáil councillor "as a reward for showing favour to another" in relation to a compulsory purchase order on 167 acres of land at Buzzardstown and Coolmine, in north-west Dublin when he was an Assistant County Manager.

Mr Redmond (aged 83), of College Gate, Castleknock, who retired from the public service in June 1989, had pleaded not guilty to two charges arising out of the compulsory purchase order made in 1980.

He denied receiving £10,000-punt from the late Fianna Fáil councillor Mr Patrick Dunne on a date between October 10, 1985 and June 26, 1989 "as a reward for showing favour to another" in relation to the land and also on a second count of getting the money as an inducement in respect of the compulsory purchase order (CPO).

Judge Joseph Matthews has now advised the jury of three women and eight men that a majority veridct of 10-1 will be accepted on the second count.

The jury returned the first verdict following some five hours deliberation on day-18 of the trial and after spending last night in a hotel.

The trial arose out of his arrest on February 19, 1999 at Dublin Airport when he arrived from the Isle of Man carrying a bag in which there were bundles of Irish and Sterling notes and four stockbroker cheques with a total value of about £300,000.

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