O'Donoghue defends extravagant expenses claims
Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue has finally broken his silence in relation to the extravagant expenses he claimed while he was Minister for Sport and Tourism.
Mr O'Donoghue had refused to comment on newspaper articles revealing details of some of the expenses he claimed, including €900-a-night hotels and a €1,400-a-day chauffeur during a five-day trip to Cheltenham.
He also claimed €250 for a water taxi in Venice.
The revelations have caused controversy for the past several weeks, but Mr O'Donoghue has waited until now to write a letter to all TDs defending his actions.
In the letter, he says he regrets some of the high costs incurred, but insists that they were all legitimate expenses and were claimed in accordance with Department of Finance guidelines.
He also says he acted in good faith at all times and is prevented from becoming embroiled in public controversy because of his position as Ceann Comhairle.