end corruption,stroke politics, & incompetent administration

"Lest we forget"

A few bob for new hospital trolleys from Fianna Fail's various financial backers-at last !

He has not gone away you know.!

A Health Strategy report in 2001 stated, that the bed capacity crisis resolution is to replace the 3,000 public hospital beds removed from the system.
The origins of today's capacity crisis can be traced back to the 1980s when Charlie Haughey's government cut 2,000 beds,due to lack of funds availible to the state..

During his long "service to the state", however,only the little people paid taxes.Businessmen,farmers,builders ,doctors dentists,solicitors; most of them paid little-or none at all.

An excellent case in point   is perhaps the  the Bovale boys-the Bailey Brothers.Fianna Fails closest allies and financial backers.

"Unearthed" the same week that their mentor was laid in the clay,the biggest salary earners in the country, and  the richest men,-the Bailey brothers  made the largest tax settlement in the history of the state.! Charles Haughey has left in his aftermath, his sorcerers apprentice,bertram Ahern,: a corrupted State:and a discredited political party, which he had long ruled,as he did the nation- as his personal fiefdom. 

The builders and developers, Mick and Tom Bailey, paid a whopping €25m to the Revenue Commissioners through their company Bovale Ltd.

The Irish Independent has learned that the Revenue's crack Special Investigation Branch trawled back through the company's accounts to its incorporation 23 years ago.

The Roscommon-born brothers, who founded Bovale Ltd in 1983, declined to comment when contacted last night.

It is understood that the €25m settlement was negotiated directly with the Revenue and that Bovale Ltd decided not to petition the Appeals Commissioners.

Mick Bailey (51) and his younger brother Tom (45) paid themselves an annual salary of €5.3m each last year, which is understood to make them the country's biggest wage earners.

The company's assets are valued at €118m. Bovale is currently developing a 150,000-square foot shopping centre with Dunnes Stores as the anchor tenant and with a total of 285 apartments at the junction of the M2 and M50 in Charlestown.

The Baileys are among the country's most successful builders and developers and have built more than 4,000 houses since they started Bovale in 1983.

They sold 100 acres of land for €50m to make an earlier settlement with the Revenue but bounced back with a €85m profit in 2003.!

However, Bovale's auditors added a disclaimer saying they were unable to form an opinion about whether or not the financial statements gave a true and fair view of the company's affairs as of June 30, 2003.

It is understood that the auditors included the disclaimer because Bovale could face an enormous bill for the Flood Tribunal's costs after the directors were found to have obstructed the tribunal.

Bovale Ltd is no longer incorporated and therefore is not legally required to publish annual accounts and financial details. 

The wealthy have found a new loophole, to avoid  annual scrutiny  by Revenue, under the Companies act.

In his report, published in September 2002, Mr Justice Flood said that both Mick and Tom Bailey hindered and obstructed the tribunal by giving false accounts of their dealings with James Gogarty. In 2002, accounts filed showed Bovale's turnover was just €33m and gross profits had plummeted to €17m, yet Mick and Tom Bailey paid themselves salaries totalling €8.5m - against €8.2m in 2002 when gross profits were €80m.

Lifelong Fianna Fail supporters, the pair appear at many fundraising events and are always seen in the party's VIP tent at the Galway races and take full page advertisements in Fianna Fail's "The Nation magazine".

In the 2002 general election, Mick Bailey took time off from his business to canvass for a Fianna Fail candidate in his native Co Roscommon.

The brothers, from Ballintubber, are a rags to riches story - small farmer's sons who became bricklayers and built one of the most successful companies in the country.

Their run-in with the Flood Tribunal and James Gogarty provided some of its most dramatic moments and colourful quotes.

Mick Bailey's "will we f***" response to Gogarty's query about the chances of getting a receipt for a political contribution (which Bailey denied) became the title of actor/writer Joe Taylor's revue with Malcolm Douglas.

Hundreds of millions of wasted taxpayers euros that now line the pockets of the legal profession, are the direct result of the need for tribunals of enquiry into the affairs of Fianna Fail councillors and ministers of state,spanning the last two decades of their corrupt, crony ridden administration. 

(drawn,in the main, upon an article  about Charles Haughey,by Sam Smyth in the Irish Independent ,June 2006)

"A man widely acknowledged to possess a first class brain didn't know that his bagman Des Traynor,was running a criminal empire in the Cayman Islands,and skimming money to keep Haughey in the style to which he was accustomed.

When the country was on its knees Haughey was living it up bought by a cabal of the elite.Meanwhile his bagman was chief executive of a parallel state,and Charlie was their man in the "fools' parliament"

                Michael Clifford(Sunday Tribune)

R.I.P. James Gogarty.Whistleblower extraordinaire.

Charges unlikely after Gogarty's death

An appreciation:

By Seán McCárthaigh September 17 2005
THE death of former building company director James Gogarty on Thursday has made it less likely that anybody will ever face a criminal prosecution for corruption uncovered by the Planning Tribunal.

The octogenarian, whose revelations about planning corruption involving former minister Ray Burke were instrumental in setting up the inquiry, died peacefully at Beaumont Hospital after a long illness.

Given his central role in implicating Mr Burke and several other wealthy businessmen in corruption, Mr Gogarty, 88, would have been a crucial witness in any prosecution.

However, the DPP has to date given no indication that any charges are likely to be brought as a result of the findings of the tribunal.

In a landmark report published in September 2002, its chairman, Mr Justice Feargus Flood, concluded Mr Burke had received a series of corrupt payments totalling over £250,000 related to planning matters from a number of developers.

Neither has any party faced a charge of obstructing the tribunal, despite Mr Justice Flood's findings that more than a dozen individuals including Mr Burke had impeded its work.

Mr Burke was jailed for six months for tax offences earlier this year, while George Redmond was also imprisoned although his conviction for corruption was subsequently overturned by the Court of Criminal Appeal.

However, neither case was related to the central evidence of Mr Gogarty at the tribunal.

"The lack of any prosecution is probably an indication of the difficulty faced in securing a conviction for corruption, especially as evidence given to a tribunal cannot be used in any subsequent trial," said one senior barrister yesterday.

"Mr Gogarty would have been an important witness if any case ever got to court. His death makes the likelihood of any criminal prosecution now going ahead very remote," he added.

Mr Gogarty is survived by his wife, Anna, and seven children including son Eamon, who regularly accompanied his father during his evidence to the tribunal.

Since his last appearance in the witness box at Dublin Castle on July 5, 2000, he has deliberately refrained from commenting on subsequent developments at the tribunal, as well as turning down all requests for interviews.

However, he indicated through a family member three years ago that he was pleased with the findings of the tribunal which fully accepted his controversial evidence to the inquiry.

Last June, Mr Gogarty was awarded his full legal costs of around e3.5m by the current tribunal chairman Judge Alan Mahon.

Meanwhile, the tribunal's former chairman, Mr Justice Feargus Flood, yesterday described Mr Gogarty as "a remarkable man for his age".

The retired judge who stepped down from being sole member of the inquiry in 2003 said its most famous witness was "a character with a wonderful humour".

However, he acknowledged not everyone would necessarily share the same opinion of the former company director. "People have different views about him. I don't wish to be either laudatory or critical of him. We had our problems together, but I will remember him with a great deal of affection," he said.

"In some 47 years of being a barrister and a judge, it's fair to say that he was the most outstanding witness I encountered," said the judge, who was also involved in some high-profile and controversial extradition and rape cases during his career on the bench.

He admitted that when recounting the six years spent chairing the tribunal that he would hold "affectionate memories" of his famous witness. The judge said he had only ever met Mr Gogarty for five minutes before his appearances in the witness box at Dublin Castle in 1999.


"I am trying to tell the truth - warts and all." -
on his own candour.

"Burke could go into the Dáil and slander me and tell lies, and Bertie Ahern and Dermot Ahern could hold kangaroo courts on me. Sorry, my Lord, they didn't come to me, they went up the trees in north Dublin." -
on the thoroughness of the Taoiseach's investigation into corrupt payments to Burke.

"The truth is stranger than fiction." -
Gogarty makes Burke long for a Jeffrey Archer novel.

"Bring Bertie Ahern in ... as well as every tree in Dublin." - Advice to Mr Justice Flood.

"It'll all come out in the washing." -
his assessment of the tribunal evidence.

"From the dock? Put in the dock, that's where they want me - in the dock. Oh Jesus, Oh Mother of God." - shock at barrister's Garrett Cooney's mistaken reference to a witness box.

"I'm not. I'm looking at you. I've a pain in my face looking at you." - in response to Cooney's request not to look at his own legal team.

"Sure yourself and Cooney are the mothers of invention" - to Colm Allen, barrister for Tom and Michael Bailey.

"I reject your conceptions ... immaculate or not." -
Gogarty to Allen again.

"What am I going to do for an hour?" - Gogarty expresses annoyance at having to halt his evidence for lunch.

"The truth is out there. Just like in that famous song: the answer is flowing in the wind." -
more advice to Mr Justice Flood.

"Your nose is nearly covered with your bloody moustache and your beard." - after Allen said Gogarty's "lies" were as plain as the barrister's own substantial nose.

Compiled by Seán McCárthaigh

Moriarty tribunal.

The Moriarty tribunal apportioned responsibility for the wrongs that it uncovered, but the report has been surrounded by a scandalous degree of obfuscation ever since. It came out just before Christmas and the media was stampeded into an instant evaluation, even though it ran to more than 670 pages.

When it suits the authorities they put an embargo on the publication of a document or a speech. If a 24-hour embargo had been put on the release of the report, the media would have been afforded a chance to digest the material before commenting on it.

Of course the evidence had already been published long ago, so all that was really new was Judge Moriarty’s conclusions. But as it was a long time since the evidence was given, it was necessary for reporters and commentators to refresh their memories of the actual evidence.

The judge’s conclusions were worth considering in depth, especially in view of what the report cost the taxpayer. The Dáil should at least have considered the report properly, instead of limiting the debate and preventing questions. 

The Government treated the work of the Moriarty tribunal with utter contempt, even though the taxpayer paid a fortune for it. Last week Bertie Ahern announced that he was not answering any more questions about the blank cheques he signed thereby facilitating Haughey’s theft of tens of thousands of pounds, at least. People go to jail every week for stealing less. Haughey was able to launder money through the leader’s fund because Ahern shirked his responsibility to ensure the cheques he signed were for valid purposes. Instead, he signed blank cheques and thereby allowed Haughey to divert money into his own coffers.

Haughey was able to steal money — donated to Fianna Fáil or for Brian Lenihan’s medical expenses — because Ahern did not fulfil his responsibility to find out what he was signing. It was his duty to know, or to find out, but he was guilty of gross dereliction of that duty. “It cost the State a fortune to find me guilty”, he acknowledged dismissively.

He was brazen in stating that he signed “loads” of blank cheques “for all kinds of organisations and clubs for years”.

But he refused to answer any questions about this behaviour. Instead we were presented with grossly understated descriptions of what Judge Moriarty concluded — and the Taoiseach himself agreed — “can only be said to have devalued the quality of a modern democracy”.

For instance, the Taoiseach admitted his own practice of signing blank cheques “was undesirable” while he described the money Haughey stole as “misapplied” by a man who had “failed to live up to high standards

(Ryle Dwyer,Irish Examiner)