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Moriarty findings passed to gardai

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has asked for public prosecutors to examine the damning findings of the Moriarty Tribunal.

The long-running inquiry found former Fine Gael communications minister Michael Lowry helped telecoms tycoon Denis O'Brien secure Ireland's second mobile phone licence.

Mr Kenny said he has asked his own communications minister Pat Rabbitte to hand the findings over to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the gardai.

"I've read the key points of this report. It is a serious report, it makes particular recommendations," he said.

"In consideration of those, I have asked the minister for communications to refer the report to the DPP and to the Garda Commissioner for their consideration."

Mr Kenny said he was also seeking a full debate of the inquiry findings in the Dail as early as next week.

The Fine Gael leader - one of six senior ministers who were also in the Rainbow Government when the licence was granted - insisted that Moriarty exonerated party leaders and Cabinet members from the time, other than Mr Lowry.

Mr Kenny also branded as "wrong" a 50,000 US dollar (35,000 euro) donation to his party from Mr O'Brien's winning consortium just weeks after it was granted the licence.

Fine Gael was criticised for not disclosing the payment, but Mr Kenny said then-party leader John Bruton ordered its return when he found out about it.

"I regret the circuitous route it had to follow before it was sent back to Mr O'Brien," he added.

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