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Fianna Fail pair resign from party

Two more Fianna Fail politicians named and shamed in the Mahon report have resigned from the party as a three-day Dail debate on the damning findings got under way.

Former TD GV Wright and former senator Don Lydon both submitted letters of resignation to the party head office.

Ex-councillor Finbarr Hanrahan is the only other figure left facing an expulsion motion at a crisis meeting of the national executive this Friday.

The pair join former taoiseach Bertie Ahern and ex-minister Padraig Flynn in avoiding a humiliating expulsion at a disciplinary hearing.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said while the Mahon tribunal was long and costly, it was worth it to uncover the truth.

"The Report of the Mahon Tribunal is a chronicle of betrayal, ignominy and disgrace," said Mr Gilmore.

"For the individuals that it names and condemns, for the system of planning in Dublin that was foully corrupted, and for the Fianna Fail party, which, more than any other, housed those who have been found to be corrupt and wanting."

He rejected the idea that the corruption uncovered in the tribunal was due to a few rotten apples within Fianna Fail, saying it was a problem within the party as a whole.

The inquiry into political corruption and the planning process shamed a series of senior figures in Fianna Fail, once considered the dominant, establishment party in Irish politics.

While it did not brand former taoiseach Mr Ahern as corrupt, it refused to accept any explanations he offered for a quarter of a million Irish pounds of bank lodgements he made in the early 1990s.

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