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27 Nov 2021

SIPO to consider O'Domhnaill expenses matter on Monday

SIPO to consider O'Domhnaill expenses matter on Monday
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The Standards in Public Office (SIPO) Commission will sit next Monday to investigate claims in relation to expenses allegedly claimed by a Donegal Senator when he served as Donegal County Councillor.

The SIPO inquiry gets underway at 9.30am on Monday May 9, to investigate the alleged duplication of expenses claims by Gortahork based Fianna Fail Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.

The Commission had proposed to begin a public session concerning the expenses allegation in June 2012 but that was put on hold after Senator Ó Domhnaill secured leave from the High Court to bring a legal challenge.

In his judicial review proceedings, Senator Ó Domhnaill claimed the Commission was not entitled to deal with the matters because they arose from an anonymous complaint made by a member of the public.

Following that ruling he sought orders requiring the case to be heard by a Commission comprising members who are bilingual and able to conduct and understand the proceedings without the assistance of an interpreter.

Last year, the court of appeal rejected the appeal by the Senator clearing the way for next Monday’s proceedings.

The public sitting will be held at the offices of SIPO, 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, on Monday at 9.30 am.

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