Tuesday 12 December 2017

Donegal: Councillor investigated for double expenses claims loses seat

Greg Harkin

A councillor investigated for double expenses claims has lost his seat on Donegal County Council

Former Fine Gael politician Padraig Doherty, running as an independent, was eliminated following the sixth count in the Glenties Electoral Area.

He had admitted making double expenses claims at a Standards In Public Office Commission hearing two weeks ago.

The 70-year-old politician faced nine counts of breaches of statutory standards required of public representatives.

He admitted claiming mileage and subsistence costs from Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta for the one conference in Dungarvan in March 2007.

Mr Doherty, who got 650 first preference votes in Friday’s poll. also admitted making overlapping claims for another conference and a meeting of Údarás na Gaeltachta that took place at separate locations in November 2008.

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