After fifteen years and €300,000,000 the Mahon Tribunal has finally issued its report.
For those of you of a foreign persuasion, the Mahon tribunal was set up to investigate allegations of corruption in the planning process.
For a good deal less than €300,000,000 [say €200,000,000?] I could have predicted the outcome and it would have taken me fifteen seconds.
The tribunal has discovered that corruption was endemic [shock! horror!] amongst politicians, and mainly in Fianna Fail. This comes as no surprise whatsoever as the dogs in the street have known this for decades.
The method was simple. You are a builder and you want to build somewhere where you know you won’t get planning permission. You wander into the Dail and quietly announce the fact. The bidding war then starts amongst the politicians, each stating their price [anything from a few thousand to five million] and guaranteeing that the planning will be granted. Cash is then handed over in a brown envelope or slipped into a back pocket.
I am delighted to see that that slimy little cunt Bertie Ahern gets special mention. The little fuck was found to have lied through his teeth, which again is something everyone knew all along despite his tearful appearance on the television complaining that no one believed him. Surprisingly the tribunal didn’t believe his stories of winning vast sums on the horses. It appears that the gambling excuse was a gamble that didn’t pay off. Heh!
Only two questions remain now.
Are we going to have a tribunal to investigate the costs charged by law firms for the Mahon Tribunal?
And is a single sinner going to see the inside of a courtroom. let alone a prison?
I won’t be holding my breath.