Charlie Haughey, the Taoiseach of the day in 1989, phoned Larry Goodman, the owner of Anglo Irish Meat Company Ltd, to see if he thought it would be useful to send a Government minister to Iraq to press the Iraqis on payments for beef owed to Goodman.

The Goodman group at the time was Ireland’s leading beef processor and among the largest in Europe. He operated a number of companies including Anglo Irish Meat Company and Anglo Irish Beef Processors.