Sunday 17 December 2017

Councillor faces FG boot over expenses

Paul Melia

A FINE Gael councillor who admitted claiming expenses on the double faces being expelled from the party.

The Standards in Public Office Commission yesterday ruled that Terence Slowey breached ethics laws and ignored the councillors' code of conduct when he claimed more than €2,400 to attend conferences in Cork and Kerry on the same weekend in 2008.

Last night, Fine Gael said that Mr Slowey would attend a disciplinary hearing in Dublin next Tuesday where he could face expulsion.

"The possible sanctions are that the whip could be removed, he could be suspended from the party, or he could be expelled," a spokeswoman said yesterday.

Mr Slowey did not dispute the allegations. He admitted he had registered for both events, and repaid the money.

He was not available for comment last night.

Irish Independent

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