Creighton rubbishes 'baseless' complaint
Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has described the complaint lodged against her to the ethics watchdog as "baseless", "political" and "malicious".
She has also defended her decision not to publish the details of the legal bill at the centre of a complaint lodged to the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo).
Last week, the 'Sunday Independent' revealed that the former Fine Gael minister was the subject of a complaint to Sipo.
She declined to reveal the details of the legal bill, however she furnished the 'Sunday Independent' with a letter from her solicitor.
"The legal letter from my solicitors states very clearly that I was invoiced for my legal fees and I paid them, and no evidence has been furnished to Sipo and as far as I'm aware in this country we have a presumption of innocence until someone is proven guilty," she said.
The party leader further rubbished the complaint saying that "there is a malicious suggestion that was timed to be handed into Sipo two days after the election - the exact same complaint from the exact same complainant which was thrown out by Sipo six months ago."
Ms Creighton declined to name the complainant, despite saying she knew who it was.
She added that the complaint was politically motivated.
"This is a malicious complaint that is designed for political purposes.
"Other parties are trying to detract and introduce negativity - they're trying to smear my character and my integrity - I think it's really unfortunate, I don't believe it's working," she added.