The former chief executive of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) has finally admitted he had a company credit card -- after insisting at the Dail's Public Accounts Committee that he never possessed one during his time with the controversial regeneration agency.
When quizzed about lavish spending at a committee hearing last month, Paul Maloney said categorically: "I have never seen credit card expenses related to me or the board. I didn't have one."
This claim was at odds with documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, which showed not only did he hold a credit card with a €40,000 limit on it, but over €109,000 was spent using the card during his tenure from July 2005 to August 2009.
The Irish Independent has learnt Mr Maloney has now rowed back on his denial.
In a letter to the committee, Mr Maloney said: "I incorrectly stated I did not have a credit card as I had no recollection of it at the end of three-and-a-half hours discussing IGB (the sale of the Irish Glass Bottle site)."
Mr Maloney said that if the committee wished to send him a copy of the credit card records, he would be happy to comment on them.
The records, which were released to the Irish Independent, showed the credit card issued in Mr Maloney's name was used to pay for over €28,000 in flights, €19,500 on foreign hotels, €6,300 on domestic hotels, €7,600 on foreign restaurants and €13,500 on restaurants in Ireland.
In total, five credit cards used by executives at the DDDA between August 2004 and October 2009 racked up costs of €518,000. Some €210,000 was spent on flights, €116,000 on hotel bills and €82,700 in foreign and domestic restaurants across the five credit cards. Several unexplained expenses were revealed, including a flight to Paris for the Rugby World Cup.