Remaining charges against Redmond are dropped

The remaining criminal charge against George Redmond has been dropped by the State.

The remaining criminal charge against George Redmond has been dropped by the State.

A jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court failed to reach a verdict at his recent trial on the charge that Mr Redmond received a IRL£10,000 bribe from the late Fianna Fáil councillor, Mr Patrick Dunne, "as an inducement" in respect of a compulsory purchase order (CPO).

The charge related to a CPO on 167 acres of land at Buzzardstown and Coolmine, in north-west Dublin when he was Assistant City and County Manager.

The jury in that trial had earlier found Mr Redmond not guilty of receiving the money from Mr Dunne "as a reward for showing favour to another" in relation to the CPO.

The jury's disagreement came on May 23, 2008, following four hours and 35 minutes deliberation on day-18 of the trial.

Mr Pauline Walley SC told Judge Katherine Delahunt today that the Director of Public Prosecutions had instructed her to enter a nolle prosequi on the outstanding charge.

The trial arose out of Mr Redmond's 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 IRL£300,000.

Later, he told gardai he that the money he was carrying came from "nixers" he did while he was Assistant Dublin County Manager. "I did a lot of consultancy work, moonlight sessions out of hours."

He said he had received cash payments from builders, contractors and other businessmen and had opened an offshore account in the Isle of Man which he kept secret from his wife who was a tax official.

Mr Redmond told gardai he got IRL£10,000 from Mr Dunne - who was Fianna Fáil whip on Dublin County Council at the time.

"Pat Dunne paid me IRL£10,000 in relation to a compulsory purchase of land in Buzzardstown owned by a man called Seagrave. I don't really know why I was paid the IRL£10,000 but I accepted it."

Mr Redmond later made a statement to the Flood (now Mahon) Tribunal retracting this purported admission and apologising to gardai and Mr Dunne's family.

He initially told the Tribunal he didn't know why he said this to gardai and later said he gave Mr Dunne's name as a "balance" to others he identified.

The jury heard Mr Redmond joined Dublin Corporation (City Council) in 1941 as a temporary clerk on an annual salary of IRL£70 and was appointed Assistant City and Council Manager in 1977. He retired at the compulsory age of 65 in 1989 on a salary of IRL£32,000 a year.

When asked why he had the IRL£300,000 after he returned from the Isle of Man, he said he kept it in a deposit account and had let the money build up. "I live a very abstemious life. I never spend more than IRL£20 a week."

He told a garda in reply to a question: "I grew up in dreadful poverty in the North Inner City and it was a fear of a return to this poverty that made me a miser".

Mr Redmond was jailed for one year by Judge Michael White at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on December 19, 2003 following his conviction for alleged corruption arising out of a payment from businessman, Mr Brendan Fassnidge.

This conviction was later quashed by the Court of Criminal Appeal after he had effectively served the sentence during which he attended the Mahon (Flood) Tribunal many times on release from Cloverhill Prison. The jury in that case returned 10-2 majority verdicts on each of two charges following a 13-day trial.

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