Callely gets €15,000 refund with another €39,000 on way
HE'S been rebranded -- and now he's been refunded too.
Former senator Ivor Callely has been refunded €15,000 he was due to be paid in expenses during his suspension from the Seanad and is to receive a further €39,000 in coming days.
It comes after the former Dublin North-Central politician launched a new website, rebranding himself as a man with "a keen business sense" who is "at the cutting edge of the current economic challenges".
The expenses claims have been paid on the basis that Mr Callely was living in west Cork up to April 25, when the 23rd Seanad sat for the last time.
Mr Callely did not run for the 24th Seanad, which has just begun sitting.
His expenses payments were "ceased pending investigation" in April 2010 when the controversy over Mr Callely claiming travel expenses from west Cork erupted but the stop on the payments was lifted on April 29.
The €15,285 dates from the period of January to April 2011, and the €39,000 is for time missed in 2010.
He is also entitled to keep the €81,000 he claimed in expenses between 2007 and 2010, and which sparked the controversy.
He was last paid expenses in March 2010, but returned the cheque for €3,897 after the controversy over his place of residence erupted.
Last July, the Seanad voted to suspend Mr Callely for 20 sitting days and dock his pay during the same period.
But he won a High Court case in January quashing the suspension and, following the ruling, the Seanad reimbursed Mr Callely €17,000 for loss of earnings during his suspension.
Mr Callely's new website says he "has extensive and significant knowledge of the business community".
"Ivor devoted and dedicated an enormous amount of his personal time and resources to public life," it adds.
"Over the past 25 years, he enjoyed a successful career in politics.
"He has an excellent track record and is recognised for his objective handling of issues, fair approach and decisive performance."