Beverley Cooper-Flynn has told the jury hearing her libel action that there is no doubt in her mind that she never met James Howard. Mr Howard is the retired farmer who claims Ms Cooper-Flynn sold him an offshore investment policy in 1993. She also said that she was horrified when she learned that the policy she sold to a County Cavan social welfare officer was funded from undeclared money. She said that she took what she believed had been the appropriate action and brought the matter to the attention of her boss. This is the sixth day of Ms Cooper-Flynn's libel action against RTÉ and Mr Howard.
In the early 1990s, a social welfare officer who had invested in a CMI Personal Portfolio died. Problems arose with CMI over documents in relation to the policy and Ms Cooper-Flynn learned from the man's bank manager in Baileboro that the money was hot. She understood that the bank manager had learned this from the dead man's family. Under intense cross examination by counsel for RTÉ, Kevin Feeney, Ms Cooper-Flynn said that she informed her boss.
However, Mr Feeney persisted, asking for her own personal view of what is the proper course of action for the bank once it knows the money was hot. "I can only speak on my own behalf," Ms Cooper-Flynn said and then later added that she believed the bank should resolve matters in the best interest of the bank and in the public interest.