Not in like Flynn?

The strange case of the Irish minister and the bogus Chiswick address


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According to the Irish Press, the long awaited appearance of former Environment Minister and EU Commissioner Padraig Flynn before the planning tribunal is now expected to happen this week and his appearance is expected to fill the public gallery.

What’s that got to do with Chiswick one may wonder?

In a statement to the tribunal, Mr Flynn accepted that he had received a cheque from a property developer for £50,000. It is claimed that this money was intended for the Irish Fianna Fail party, but somehow this cheque, made out to cash, was paid into an external account in Mr and Mrs Flynn’s names with an address at 34 Northumberland Road, Chiswick, W4. There is no road of this name in Chiswick.

Mr Flynn claimed that the money was his as it was a contribution from Mr Tony Gilmartin, the developer, to him to cover his election expenses.

During evidence given last week, the tribunal heard that Mr & Mrs Flynn held three bogus non-resident accounts during the time he was Minister for the Environment so it could mean that we may have some further new addresses appearing in the vicinity!

The Tribunal has not yet reached any conclusions.

July 16, 2004