Wednesday 22 November 2017

Callely granted bail after arrest for failing to appear at court case

Former politician Ivor Callely. Photo: Frank McGrath
Former politician Ivor Callely. Photo: Frank McGrath

Andrew Phelan

Former politician Ivor Callely has been arrested for failing to turn up in court to face an action to have him jailed for non-payment of a debt - but he was then released on bail.

The disgraced former Fianna Fáil TD was jailed in 2014 for using false invoices to claim expenses of more than €4,200 at Leinster House between November 2007 and December 2009 while a member of the Seanad.

In this latest, unrelated case, Callely (58), of St Lawrence's Road, Clontarf, had been due to appear at Dublin District Court on May 17. When he did not appear, a bench warrant was issued. Yesterday, he appeared before Dublin District Court in custody after gardaí had executed the warrant.

Garda Patrick Watson told Judge John Brennan that he arrested Callely at 4pm by appointment outside the court and he made no reply after caution.

Callely's solicitor handed in a medical certificate explaining his client's absence on the last date.

Judge Brennan granted bail and adjourned the case to a date in June.

Irish Independent

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