Sunday 19 November 2017

Senator seeking court order for expenses investigation to be carried out in Irish

Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill
Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill

Mary Carolan

THE High Court has given Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill permission to challenge aspects of an investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission into expenses claims he made several years ago.

The action arises out of an investigation concerning travel and subsistence claims made by Mr Ó Domhnaill between 2006 and 2007, when he was a member of Donegal Co Council.

 

As part of his High Court action, Mr Ó Domhnaill is seeking orders that the investigation be carried out in Irish and that documents relating to the investigation be made available to him in Irish. He claims his constitutional rights would be infringed unless this occurs.

 

Permission to bring the challenge was granted yesterday, on an ex-parte basis, by Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill. The Judge made the matter returnable to next month.

 

The commission was due to begin a public session of its probe next Monday, but this is not going ahead.

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