New inquiry into secret Irish payouts

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The Independent Online
The Dail last night approved a new investigation into payments to Irish politicians and the sources of pounds 38m in secret offshore accounts traced through a Dublin bank, from which payments were made to former taoiseach Charles Haughey.

The deputy prime minister Mary Harney has ordered investigations of Celtic Helicopters, a firm owned by Mr Haughey's son Ciaran, and former transport minister Michael Lowry's refrigeration supply firm, Streamline. Both were named in the recent McCracken inquiry into gifts to politicians.