Belfast Telegraph

Pensions warning after Mahon report

Corrupt politicians could be denied their public-service pensions as part of reform of the constitution on the back of the Mahon findings, it has been claimed.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the hardline approach could be looked at as the resignations of Bertie Ahern, Padraig Flynn and John Hannon were confirmed by Fianna Fail.

"This question of pensions is an issue for the Constitution and whether it is deemed to be a property right," Mr Kenny said.

"The findings of the Mahon tribunal are not findings of court but they are findings of fact.

"I think the first thing we have to do is have the Government reflect tomorrow on the findings of the tribunal and also deal with the recommendations of the tribunal."

Joe Costello, junior minister responsible for overseas aid, said the pensions of people found guilty of misconduct and corruption could be stopped, but only on the back of a referendum.

Former Fianna Fail leader and taoiseach Bertie Ahern sent a letter to party headquarters confirming his resignation ahead of a special disciplinary hearing this Friday.

Ex-minister Flynn also followed with a letter after South Dublin councillor Hannon had already confirmed his departure.

All three were facing expulsion at a crisis meeting of the Fianna Fail national executive on Friday night.

A spokeswoman for the party said: "Fianna Fail has this morning received correspondence from former leader Bertie Ahern confirming his resignation from the party."


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