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ROCKED BY SCANDALS.

THE Supreme Court defeat is the latest blow to Charles Haughey who has been rocked by a series of scandals.

The money trail of donations to the ex-Taoiseach was sparked by the shock news that supermarket supremo Ben Dunne had paid for an extension to the house of then Minister Michael Lowry.

It then emerged that Ben Dunne had made donations of more than pounds 1 million to former Fianna Fail leader, Haughey.

A tribunal, chaired by Justice McCracken, was set up to investigate the payments to politicians scandal.

The former Dunnes Stores boss rocked the political world when he detailed payments he had made to a number of TDs, but most specifically Mr Haughey himself.

The tribunal heard that Ben Dunne offered to single-handedly bail the Kinsealy squire out of financial difficulties.

And he revealed that he made one single donation of pounds 1.1 million to Haughey.

He also told that he once visited Mr Haughey in his home and personally gave him three bank drafts totalling nearly a quarter of a million pounds.
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Author:Brophy, Karl
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 29, 1998
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