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Tribunal wants to quiz former Irish PM over plans for casino

15 September 2008

DUBLIN, Ireland -- As reported by The Sunday Business Post: "The Mahon Tribunal has told former taoiseach Bertie Ahern that it intends to question him on plans for a casino development in the Phoenix Park in Dublin when he returns to the witness box tomorrow.

"...Lawyers for the planning tribunal in Dublin Castle circulated documents in relation to the Phoenix Park lands last Friday, putting Ahern's legal team on notice that it planned to question the former taoiseach in relation to the aborted project.

"...Ahern's lawyers will also oppose any attempt by the tribunal to question him about his relationship with English businessman Norman Turner, one of the main backers of the Sonas consortium behind the project. Ahern frequently attended Manchester United matches with Turner, and fast-tracked an Irish passport for him in 1994..."

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