Property developer Tom Gilmartin has told the Mahon Tribunal Liam Lawlor told him that George Redmond would have to be taken care of if plans to locate a shopping centre in Quarryvale in Dublin were to succeed.

At the time Mr Redmond was the Assistant Dublin City and County Manager.

Mr Gilmartin said Liam Lawlor picked him up at Dublin Airport in mid 1988 and brought him to meet Mr Redmond at the offices of Dublin County Council.

He said that during the meeting Mr Redmond produced a coloured map containing the names of the land owners for each plot of land in the Quarryvale area.

Later as Mr Redmond took a phone call Mr Lawlor asked Tom Gilmartin for £100,000.

Mr Gilmartin understood that Mr Lawlor was demanding two payments of £100,000, one for himself and one for Mr Redmond, in return for their help on the Quarryvale project.

Tried to take £10,000 from account

He earlier told the Tribunal he stopped paying Liam Lawlor consultancy fees after the former Fianna Fáil TD tried to take £10,000 from his account.

Mr Gilmartin said he was paying Mr Lawlor £3,500 a month on behalf of the British property company, Arlington Securities.

Mr Lawlor had told the company he had been appointed by the Irish Government to take care of their plans for a shopping centre at Bachelors Walk in Dublin.

But Mr Gilmartin said he terminated payments in March 1989 after Mr Lawlor went to his bank in Blanchardstown and told the manager that he was there to collect a £10,000 payment that had been authorised.

When contacted he decided to stop all payments and told Arlington that he would not tolerate being hounded for money.

He has since learned that Arlington paid Mr Lawlor stg£33,000 shortly afterwards and that untraced payments of £3,500 continued to be paid into Mr Lawlor's accounts.

Mr Gilmartin says Mr Lawlor was paid the money as a consultant for the Bachelors Walk development although he did not fulfil any role in the scheme.

He said Mr Lawlor was not involved in any negotiations or acquisitions of property and the only thing he could have provided was political clout.

But Mr Gilmartin said he saw it just as a way of Mr Lawlor 'screwing money' out of them.

Mr Lawlor asked him to leave the payee blank on the cheques and they were subsequently paid into a company account for Advance Proteins Limited.

Mr Gilmartin said he was told to pay Mr Lawlor as he was project manager in charge of day-to-day spending and he was reimbursed by Arlington.

The documents sent by Mr Lawlor to Arlington, including census and economic reports, were already available to the company.

They also included a speech drafted by Mr Lawlor entitled 'Dublin - A City of Opportunity - Address by Liam Lawlor MP'.