Dig­nam says that he has been de­stroyed

NEWS­PA­PER CLAIMS FOR­MER GAA BOSS RE­SPONDS

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‘ THIS HAS de­stroyed me,’ was the re­sponse this week of Rath­new man Bobby Dig­nam Se­nior to al­le­ga­tions made against him in a na­tional news­pa­per at the week­end.

The for­mer Chair­man of the County Wick­low GAA Board was the fo­cus of the Sun­day World’s front page story as well as fur­ther sto­ries across pages two, three, four and five, which detailed meet­ings with an un­der­cover re­porter and ac­cused him of ‘dodgy’ fi­nan­cial deal­ings.

‘I can’t make a com­ment, but 90 per cent of what was said is to­tally un­true,’ Mr. Dig­nam said on Tues­day morn­ing, when asked if he had any­thing to say.

‘It wasn’t nice to have my busi­ness printed in the na­tional pa­pers, es­pe­cially in the way that it was pre­sented. This has de­stroyed me out here. When peo­ple are print­ing this stuff, they don’t think of the per­son’s fam­ily,’ he added.

He di­rectly ad­dressed two of the main al­le­ga­tions made against him in the na­tional news­pa­per: firstly, that he helped a Dublin crim­i­nal to se­cure at least a quar­ter of a mil­lion euro in bank loans, and se­condly, that he helped the un­der­cover re­porter in ap­ply­ing for a mort­gage of ¤350,000 de­spite be­ing told she was un­em­ployed and had only minis­cule sav­ings.

‘In re­gards to that fel­low, I have no con­nec­tion with him,’ Mr Dig­nam said, re­fer­ring to the Dublin man. ‘He came to me over two years ago ask­ing if I could help him out, and I did a mort­gage for him. It just turned out that his sis­ter is mar­ried to a first cousin of mine.’

With re­gard to al­le­ga­tions of wrong­do­ing in mort­gage applications, he is­sued a point blank de­nial of any wrong­do­ing.

‘When it comes to forg­ing doc­u­ments, I have noth­ing to do with that,’ he said.

He had ear­lier also told the Sun­day World that ‘I most cer­tainly do not forge doc­u­ments’.

Mean­while, a spokesper­son at Wick­low Garda Sta­tion this week said that the al­le­ga­tions against Mr Dig­nam had been noted, and that the Fraud Squad is aware of them.

The Garda Press Of­fice is­sued a state­ment to say that ‘the Garda Bureau of Fraud In­ves­ti­ga­tion is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing as­pects of al­leged mort­gage fraud.’ How­ever, a spokesper­son there would not com­ment specif­i­cally on Mr. Dig­nam.

Bobby Dig­nam Se­nior.

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