The Tribunal of Inquiry into certain Payments to Politicians and Related Matters (commonly referred to as the Moriarty Tribunal
) was an Irish Public inquiry
established in 1997 into the financial affairs of politicians Charles Haughey
and Michael Lowry
. It has revealed significant tax evasion by these and other politicians and leading businessmen. As a consequence, the tax authorities have recovered millions of euro in settlements and penalties from many individuals.
The final report of the tribunal was expected to be published in mid-January 2010, Irish Times
9 January 2010 but was delayed, and was published 22 March 2011.
As a result of change of management in Dunnes Stores
, a leading retail group in Ireland, it was revealed in the press that Ben Dunne
had made substantial secret payments to the former Taoiseach Charles Haughey
and Minister Michael Lowry
. In response the Bruton Government
established The McCracken Inquiry
in 1997 to investigate. The inquiry reported in late 1997 and confirmed the facts and revealed monies in secret Ansbacher
accounts owned by Haughey for which it could not determine the source.
In response to the McCracken Report
, the new Ahern Government
issued terms of reference for a new follow-up tribunal on 26 September 1997. The sole member of the Tribunal is the Honourable Justice Michael Moriarty, leading to the name Moriarty Tribunal.
The terms were inquiry into (inter alia)