Commission to probe senator’s expenses

Carolyn Farrar

Reporter:

Carolyn Farrar

The Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) has confirmed they will investigate expense claims made by Fianna Fáil Sen. Brian Ó Domhnaill when he was a member of Donegal County Council.

The Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) has confirmed they will investigate expense claims made by Fianna Fáil Sen. Brian Ó Domhnaill when he was a member of Donegal County Council.

Jacqueline Moore, a spokesperson for Sipo, told the Democrat yesterday that Sipo issued a letter to the senator last Friday, informing him that following a preliminary inquiry, the commission had decided to conduct an investigation into the expenses.

Sen. Ó Domhnaill, who has denied any wrongdoing, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

In January of this year, the senator had welcomed a county council review of the matter and insisted there was no foundation to the allegations made.

The senator has said he was the victim of a political smear campaign.

The allegations arose last year, when they were sent anonymously to members of Donegal County Council and the media.

In May of this year, in response to a query from the Donegal Democrat, the county council confirmed that it had referred the matter to Sipo.

Read more in today’s Donegal Democrat.