Saturday 25 May 2019

Ex-minister O’Keeffe in court over TD expenses

Ned O'Keeffe. Photo: Tom Burke
Ned O'Keeffe. Photo: Tom Burke

Ralph Riegel and Tom Brady

FORMER Food Minister Ned O’Keeffe (72) is set to appear before Cork District Court in relation to an investigation into Dail expenses.

The expected court appearance today follows a two-year Garda probe into the expenses claims of various politicians.

Mr O’Keeffe was questioned for over 10 hours at Cobh Garda Station in Cork in April 2012 as part of the investigation.

The father-of-five was questioned by detectives from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation about an alleged offence under Section 26 of the Criminal Justice Theft & Fraud Ammendment Act (2001).

That arrest centred on invoices submitted for mobile phones and support equipment to the Dail between 2006 and 2009. It is understood the amount involved is between €2,000 and €3,000. The claims arose from a general Dail scheme whereby TDs can claim up to €700 per annum for mobile phone equipment and supports.

The former minister’s son, Kieran, a Cork solicitor, said at the time his father had co-operated with the garda inquiry. The initial investigation was launched on foot of a formal complaint from an Irish newspaper. Mr O’Keeffe protested his innocence when details of the complaint were published.

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