Judge orders Callely arrest for missing court date
A judge has ordered the arrest of former politician Ivor Callely who failed to turn up in court to face an action to have him jailed for non-payment of a debt.
The disgraced ex-Fianna Fáil politician and Minster of State was jailed for five months in 2014 for using false invoices to claim €4,207.45 in expenses at Leinster House, Kildare Street, between November 2007 and December 2009 while he was a member of the Seanad.
In an unrelated case, Callely (57) of St Lawrence's Road, Clontarf, Dublin, was supposed to appear before Judge Michael Coghlan at Dublin District Court yesterday.
However, he did not show up, resulting in a bench warrant being issued for his arrest.
This set of proceedings results from his failure to comply with the terms of a 2013 District Court judgment compelling him to pay a €1,755 debt to Galway-based accountants Gallagher and Company who have asked the judge to issue a committal order.
Solicitor Mark Newman told the court yesterday that Callely had not complied with another order made last month which required him to provide documentation outlining his income and expenditure.
Callely was not present when the case was reached and it was put to 'second calling'.
After dealing with other matters, his case was called again but Judge Michael Coghlan was told that Callely (pictured inset) was still not present.
"I had required documentation to be in court today, I had indicated there would be certain consequences if he failed to provide that documentation. Insofar as he is not here, I am simply issuing a warrant for his arrest," Judge Michael Coghlan said.