The Flood Tribunal has heard that at the time of George Redmond's retirement from Dublin County Council in 1989 he had almost £500,000 in his bank account. Mr Redmond was also unable to identify the source of more than £250,000 lodged into the accounts in the previous two years. Counsel for the Tribunal, Patrick Hanraty, described the amounts as extraordinary sums. He said it was clear that Mr Redmond was receiving packages of money from people in return for advice. In response, Mr Redmond said: "I've given you my statement I can't go beyond that." Earlier the former Dublin Assistant City and County Manager told the Tribunal that he offered advice to James Gogarty on how to overcome planning difficulties. But Mr Redmond said that he was in no position to know whether his advice would be effective. He also explained how he had received an envelope believed to contain £25,000 pounds from Mr Gogarty for introducing him to the builder Michael Bailey. Mr Redmond has been under severe pressure trying to explain what the money was for and whether it was in conflict with his position as Assistant City and County Manager. According to Mr Redmond it was not in conflict with his job because all that he had done was find a buyer for land.
In his evidence to the Tribunal, James Gogarty said that the Murphy Group saved between £100,000 and £200,000 in service charges because of a letter drafted by George Redmond on their behalf. Today on his second day in the witness box, Mr Redmond denied drafting such a letter, but said that he had advised Mr Gogarty on its contents. The letter dealt with a planning permission which was about to expire. It was sent to the Planning Department of Dublin County Council in May 1988. It proposed that if the Murphy Group paid existing levies, they would not have to pay extra charges for any new planning permission made within two years. Mr Redmond said that there was no guarantee that the letter would be effective. "I was in no position to know whether it would be accepted by the Planning Department," he said. "I had no control over that." But the proposal was accepted by Dublin County Council and this meant that the levies cost £122,000 instead of being charged at the new rate and costing a possible £342,000.
Mr Redmond then described how James Gogarty handed him and envelope with what he believed was £25,000 in cash. According to Mr Redmond it happened at Clontarf Castle in the spring of 1988 or 1989. He said that the reason for the handover of the cash was that he had introduced Mr Gogarty to Michael Bailey who ended up buying land from Mr Gogarty. Mr Redmond’s is expected to continue his evidence until the end of this week.
James Gogarty's legal team have said that justice will not be done if they are not allowed to attend the Channel Island sittings at which Mr Gogarty's former employer, Joseph Murphy Senior, will give evidence. Senior Counsel Frank Callanan said he could not carry out a proper cross-examination at long distance by means of a video link. Mr Justice Flood said that he had medical evidence that Mr Murphy Senior, who is ill, could be seriously physically effected if there was a large number of people present. He reserved judgement on Mr Callanan's application until tomorrow.