Horse Feathers

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t forget if I lodged £13,000 in cash sterling to my personal bank account, including the result of a successful bet on the gee-gees.

It’s the kind of thing that would stick in my mind.

And it would particularly stick if I’d been in dire financial straits at the time, so much so that my pals had a whiparound and gave me a ‘dig out’ of £38,500.

It would even stick in my mind if I’d received another £8,000 in cash sterling around the same time from a bunch of businessmen in Manchester.

If you want to follow the saga of Bertie Ahern and the Mahon tribunal, It helps if you stop thinking about digouts, gifts, loans, savings, and winnings at the bookies, and just look at the lodgements.

According to one source, payments discovered by the Mahon tribunal to date come to a total of at least £251,209.11 over a two year period to accounts the tribunal believes the former taoiseach either owned or controlled.

This while he was minister for finance, with an income of only £38K a year.

I’m not saying Bertie is lying.

But no one believes him.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.