Councillor won't resign over expenses gaffe
A FINE Gael councillor has apologised for claiming on the double for attending two conferences on the same weekend, but said he has no plans to resign.
Breaking his silence yesterday, Terence Slowey told members of Donegal County Council that he "very much regretted" what had happened but insisted it had been a genuine error.
"I want to take this opportunity to apologise to the Fine Gael party, to members of Donegal County Council and to the people of the Glenties electoral area.
"I made a mistake and when I realised the mistake was made I immediately moved to rectify it as quickly as I could," he said.
Earlier this month the Standards in Public Office Commission found that Mr Slowey had contravened the Local Government Act by claiming travelling expenses in respect of his attendance at two conferences in counties Cork and Kerry between October 16 and 18, 2010.
The Commission found that he had breached guidelines and acted recklessly but stopped short of referring the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions as is required if an offence is deemed to have been committed.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr Slowey said he could not explain how it had happened.
"It was a busy day, that day. I do a lot of things. I just can't explain it but a mistake was made and I took responsibility for it. It was quite a large mistake but the person who hasn't made a mistake never does anything," he said.