Saturday 10 December 2016

Donegal County Council launches investigation into alleged corruption following RTE sting

Greg Harkin

Published 08/12/2015 | 12:29

Councillor John O’Donnell from Donegal filmed in a meeting with an undercover reporter for the RTÉ Investigates – Standards in Public Office programme.
Councillor John O’Donnell from Donegal filmed in a meeting with an undercover reporter for the RTÉ Investigates – Standards in Public Office programme.

Donegal County Council says it has launched an investigation into last night's RTE programme on alleged council corruption.

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Independent Councillor John O'Donnell could be seen in RTE footage asking for money from an undercover reporter in return for favours at council level.

"Donegal County Council wishes to confirm that the matters raised in the programme are being examined as an issue of urgency and priority," said a council spokeswoman.

"This examination is being conducted in the first instance by the Ethics Registrar in the Council.

"The examination will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Part 15 of the Local Government Act, 2001 – Ethical Framework for the Local Government Service, and the Code of Conduct for Councillors, and any matters arising from this examination will be processed in line with the provisions as set down.

"Pending the conclusion of this examination, the Council will not be making any further statements at this time."

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