Tuesday 21 February 2017

Rear View: Attacks on Hugh are a bit stilted

Published 13/12/2015 | 02:30

Former Fine Gael Councillor Hugh McElvaney
Former Fine Gael Councillor Hugh McElvaney

Hugh McElvaney, the Monaghan councillor who was secretly filmed by RTÉ asking for £10,000 in exchange for help to secure planning permission, certainly performed the comedy turn of the week.

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He told Nina, a journalist posing as a wind-farm executive, that if the plan was successful, he expected "loads of money".

But McElvaney - a four-time mayor of Monaghan - claimed he knew it was a sting and he was simply "taking the p*** out of RTÉ" by playing along. "I lured her into my trap," he said.

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