Pyrrhic victory for Callely in ground-breaking case
Published 15/01/2011 | 05:00
A PYRRHIC victory is a victory with devastating cost to the victor. His political career is in ruins, but former Fianna Fail senator and junior minister Ivor Callely secured a significant victory in the High Court yesterday.
Last year, the man dubbed 'Ivor the Engine' was vilified as a result of revelations that he had claimed more than €80,000 over two years for travel expenses from his holiday home near Bantry, Co Cork.
News that Callely had decamped to Cork after losing his seat in the 2007 General Election surprised many who were accustomed to seeing him jogging along the strand and pressing the flesh in his long-standing political base in Clontarf, north Dublin.