Saturday 22 July 2017

Return of smoke and daggers

SENATOR Ivor Callely is to be congratulated for introducing a modicum of transparency into the realms of public representation. His explanations and protestations about his controversial €81,000 expenses are so transparent as to be laughable. His address to the Seanad yesterday was a political masterclass in how to avoid the point.

The point, or rather the question the Taoiseach would like to hear answered, is how a Dublin politician such as Mr Callely, who has lived all his life and owns a house and a constituency office in the capital, can be resident in Cork for expenses purposes?

The senator and former minister of state for transport is known to be politically active in his old Dublin constituency, despite claiming mileage and expenses from a house that he owns 370km from the capital. Voters in Dublin North Central may be surprised to hear that he is now a resident of west Cork.

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