Standards Commission finds Donegal senator contravened ethics legislation

Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill submitted claims for travelling and subsistence expenses from two separate bodies for the same dates

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Standards Commission finds Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill contravened ethics legislation

The Standards in Public Office Commission has found that Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill contravened ethics legislation by submitting claims for travelling and subsistence expenses from two separate bodies for the same dates when he was member of Donegal County Council.
The investigation concerned nine alleged contraventions of ethics legislation, which arose from three sets of circumstances concerning the claiming of travelling and subsistence expenses from Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta.
The Standards Commission found against the west Donegal senator in regard to each of the alleged contraventions.
The Standards Commission found that each contravention was committed intentionally and was, in all the circumstances, a serious matter.
The commission found that Senator Ó Domhnaill contravened sections 168 and 169(3) of the Local Government Act 2001, acted in disregard of provisions of the Code of Conduct for Councillors and did a 'specified act' within the meaning of the Standards in Public Office Act 2001 in regard to each set of circumstances.
In a report published today, The Standards Commission said it found that each contravention was committed intentionally and was, in all the circumstances, a serious matter.
The Commission also decided that it is not in a position to find that Senator Ó Domhnaill acted in good faith in relation to the contraventions.
Senator Ó Domhnaill was paid for travelling and subsistence allowances by the council in for attending the Association of County and City Council's (ACCC) Annual Conference in Dundalk from March 9th to 11th, 2006 and he was also paid such allowances by Údarás na Gaeltachta for attending a meeting of the Donegal Sports Partnership during one of the days he was said to have attended the Dundalk conference.
He was paid travelling allowances by the council for his attendance at an IPA Training Seminar in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan from April 26th to 27th 2006 and he was also paid such allowances by Údarás na Gaeltachta for attending a Donegal Sports Partnership meeting in Letterkenny during one of the days he was said to have attended the Carrickmacross seminar.
He was paid for travelling and subsistence by the council for attending a Marine Tourism Conference in Carlingford, Co Louth from May 30th to June 1st, 2006 and he was also paid such allowances by Údarás na Gaeltachta for attending a Donegal Sports Partnership event in Dungloe during one of the days he was said to have attended the Carlingford conference.