The Irish Prime Minister has been on the defensive before an anti-corruption tribunal in Dublin. Bertie Ahern has answered questions over allegations of payments he received when he was finance minister and deputy prime minister in the early 1990s. He told the Mahon tribunal that he “totally and utterly” rejects claims of wrongdoing over reports of a large payment he received from the businessman owner of a house he rented.
Ahern has had to fight off numerous allegations about loans and payments he has received, but that has not stopped him doing well at the ballot box. This year he went on to win an historic third consecutive term as prime minister. The Mahon Tribunal was set up in 1997 to look into controversial planning decisions in the 1980s and 90s that made many property developers rich. A lot of land was re-zoned as commercial as Ireland experienced an economic boom.