The Mahon Tribunal has heard that during an official visit to the Bahamas in 1994 on his way back from the US, the then Taoiseach Albert Reynolds made an unscheduled stop in Freeport. 

The head of the Air Corps, Brigadier General Ralph James, testified today that no reason was recorded for the stopover.

He also testified that the day before the flight to the US, Mr Reynolds was picked up in Cork by helicopter.

Meanwhile, former developer Tom Gilmartin has testified that rival developer Owen O'Callaghan told him he gave Mr Reynolds £150,000 after a dinner in Cork in March 1994.

In a statement this evening, the Fianna Fáil TD, Martin Mansergh, who was a special adviser to Albert Reynolds and accompanied him, said the trip to the Bahamas was a formal visit. 

However Mr Mansergh's statement made no reference to the testimony about an unscheduled stop at Freeport.