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Callely asks for advice on future role in politics

Controversial senator Ivor Callely has asked friends and supporters what he should do next.

The Dublin-based senator, who claimed over €80,000 in expenses related to commuting from his holiday home in west Cork, has used a Fianna Fail and constituency database to ask people for their views on his continuing role in public life.

"After 20 years of dedicated public service, I wish to confirm to you my ongoing commitment to serve you in this difficult period of economic and financial challenges" he says in the letter.

"As many of you have stated to me personally, you are disillusioned with the way in which certain issues have been handled and I want you to know that I share your frustration on many of the issues that affect our country at this time."

Mr Callely, a former junior minister, appeals to his supporters to "have hope and confidence" and help each other.

"I have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all of you," he says.

"As you will have been aware, the past year has been a difficult one for me and my family. There were numerous false allegations made against me and I was vilified by the media and others to an unprecedented level.

"This has had a devastating effect on me, my family and indeed my constituents, as it is very important for you all to have trust and confidence when dealing with a member of the Oireachtas.

But he said a recent High Court ruling "has now cleared me of such false allegations".

He concludes: "Should you have a view on current issues or the role you would like me to undertake over the next period of time, I would welcome hearing from you."

Sunday Independent