Knock Knock!

When the cops showed up to arrest Frank Dunlop, he wasn’t surprised.

We always knew this day was coming and I will not be contesting the charges,’ he told them.

On 11 June 1992, Dunlop allegedly gave Sean Gilbride £1000 to buy his vote on a land rezoning motion.

The following day, he allegedly gave Jack Larkin £1000 in a city centre pub to vote for the same motion.

Sometime in June 1992, he allegedly gave £1000 to Cyril Gallagher for his vote.

On 4 May 1992, Dunlop allegedly gave £3000 to Tom Hand to buy his rezoning vote.

The same day, he allegedly paid Don Lydon £3000 for his vote. Lydon, a councillor, former senator and psychiatrist, received the alleged buyoff at St John of God’s hospital.

Tony Fox allegedly received £2000 in 1992, and a further four bribes in 1997.

Liam Cosgrave, scion of a political dynasty that gave the country two taoisigh, was allegedly given a £2000 bribe in 1992, as was Colm McGrath.

Cosgrave allegedly received further bungs from Dunlop 30 October and 23 December 1997.

Some of those allegedly bribed are now dead. But if Dunlop does plead guilty, will the rest also be arrested?

By Gerard Cunningham

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