Brian Ó Domhnaill
Ó Domhnaill resigns from Fianna Fáil
Donegal senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has resigned from the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party and it is reported he has resigned from party in general.
The senator was facing expulsion from the party in the new year following a damning report from the Standards in Public Office Commission.
Following the publication of the report on Thursday, Senator Ó Domhnaill met with Fianna Fáil chief whip Michael Moynihan and resigned the party whip.
His case was then to be referred to the party’s rules and procedures committee in the new year where the west Donegal senator faced being removed from the party, but RTÉ has reported that he has resigned from the party completely.
A well-placed party source told the Donegal Democrat said that the intervention of the the rules and procedures committee would come because the behaviour of the senator as laid out in the report from the Standards Committee was conduct unbecoming of a member of the party.
The Standards in Public Office Commission found that Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill contravened ethics legislation by submitting claims for travelling and subsistence expenses from Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta.
He was found to have made nine contraventions of ethics legislation relating to his attendance at events in Louth and Monaghan in 2006 when he was a member of Donegal County Council.
He also made claims for attending meetings in Donegal for Údarás na Gaeltachta when he was supposed to be at events which he claimed for attendance at from the council.
The claims for two events in Louth and one in Monaghan in March, April and May 2006 amounted to €1,792 from Donegal County Council and €160 from Údarás na Gaeltachta - a combined total of €1,952.
The commission said it is not in a position to find that Senator Ó Domhnaill acted in good faith in relation to the contraventions.
The report found that the senator believed that he was entitled to two subsistence payments and stated that he felt honestly that he was trying to serve the two purposes.