Saturday 21 April 2018

Former politician Ivor Callely arrested for failing to turn up to court

Ivor Callely. Photo: Courts Collins
Ivor Callely. Photo: Courts Collins

Andrew Phelan

Former politician Ivor Callely has been arrested for failing to turn up to court to face an action to have him jailed for non-payment of a debt.

He was charged with failing to appear in court this evening and released on bail.

The disgraced ex-Fianna Fail TD and Minister of State was jailed for five months in 2014 for using false invoices to claim expenses of more than €4,200 at Leinster House, Kildare Street between November 2007 and December 2009 while he was a member of the Seanad.

In this latest, unrelated case, Callely (58) of St Lawrence's Road, Clontarf, had been due to appear before Judge Michael Coghlan at Dublin District Court on May 17. However, he did not show up that day, resulting in the warrant being issued.

This evening, he appeared before a sitting of Dublin District Court in custody after gardai executed the warrant.

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

He was handed a copy of the charge sheet, the court heard.

There was no objection to bail, the garda said. Callelly’s solicitor Padraig Donovan handed in a medical certificate explaining his client’s absence on the last date.

He asked for a two-to-three week adjournment and said “all matters will be resolved.”

Judge Brennan granted bail in Callelly’s own bond of €100 and adjourned the case to a date in June, for mention.

Callelly, wearing a dark suit, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

This set of proceedings results from his failure to comply with terms of a 2013 district court judgement compelling him to pay a €1,755 debt to Galway based accountants Gallagher & Company who have asked the judge to issue a committal order.

The court heard previously that Callely had not complied with another order made last month which required him to provide documentation outlining his income and expenditure.

On May 17, Callely was not present and Judge Coghlan issued the warrant, saying: “I had required documentation to be in court today, I had indicated there would be certain consequences if he failed to provide that documentation. Insofar as he is not here, I am simply issuing a warrant for his arrest.”

Last month, Callely, who claims he has needs a €2,500 a month “for a reasonable living”, had told the court he had done his best to contact the creditor but Judge Michael Coghlan had told him he was in contempt of court orders.

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