Category: Ansbacher Group

McDowell backs Ansbacher judge over tax scandal

FORMER Tanaiste Michael McDowell has described as “nonsense” suggestions that Ansbacher inquiry judge Declan Costello was compromised by holding an account with the bank involved in the tax evasion scandal. Mr Costello’s family issued a statement defending the now deceased judge after it was alleged he was conflicted in overseeing… – Continue reading

PAC declines legal demand from former FF minister to hand over Ansbacher dossier to him

The Dail’s Public Accounts Committee has declined a legal demand from former Fianna Fail Finance Minster Ray MacSharry to hand over the Ansbacher dossier to him. Lawyers acting for Mr MacSharry had given PAC seven days to hand over the Ansbacher dossier, the Irish Independent has learned. Mr MacSharry took… – Continue reading

Harney: I didn’t halt off-shore tax probe

Former tánaiste Mary Harney last night denied she halted a probe into offshore tax accounts because prominent PD Des O’Malley’s name was on a list of people allegedly involved and that every opportunity had been afforded the investigation to finish its work. “I am satisfied that correct procedures were followed… – Continue reading

Whistleblower’s Ansbacher files were ‘fully examined’ – Feehily

Public Accounts Committee is questioning the Revenue Commissioners All files drawn up by a whistleblower into alleged tax evasion by former senior politicians were fully examined and followed up, the chairman of the Revenue Commissioners has said. Addressing the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, Josephine Feehily said all material on the… – Continue reading

Five former politicians deny offshore claims

Names of former politicians investigated for alleged tax evasion read into Dáil record Five former politicians named in the Dáil by Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald as having been in a dossier of alleged offshore account holders have rejected the claims. Former European commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, former Progressive Democrat… – Continue reading

PAC to quiz Revenue as more Ansbacher claims emerge

PUBLIC Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman John McGuinness has confirmed that the Revenue Commissioners will this week be quizzed over the explosive Ansbacher dossier. Representatives from the tax authority will be questioned by TDs over an investigation carried out into allegations of widespread tax evasion by a number of former senior… – Continue reading

Ansbacher showed that in Ireland taxes were just for the ‘little people’

This offshore illegal scam showed that, in Ireland as elsewhere, taxes really were for the “little people”. The facts emerged as a by-product of the tribunal directed by Mr Justice Brian McCracken in 1997. It was set up to trace payments by supermarket magnate Ben Dunne to Fianna Fail’s Charlie… – Continue reading

Ansbacher probe: Gardai get 5,500-page tax evasion file

Official ‘offered €20,000’ to wrap up tax evasion probe GARDAI have now received 5,500 pages of files relating to allegations of tax-evasion by holders of Ansbacher accounts. Jobs Minister Richard Bruton forwarded the allegations of a whistleblower in his department to the gardai last night. The documents have been sent… – Continue reading