Charities could face hit if 'The Cope' re-elected
Charities could be in for a financial hit after a politician who gave them his pension announced he wants to run for the next Dáil.
Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher confirmed in a letter to more than a thousand members in Donegal that he will seek the Fianna Fáil nomination. Local party insiders say Mr Gallagher is "certain" to win selection.
Mr Gallagher, who lost his European Parliament seat last year, refused to hand over his junior minister's pension to the State despite political pressure. Instead, he gave €70,000-a-year to charities and sports groups.
However if re-elected, the money for good causes from his pension will stop. "I'm aware of that, but at least the cost to the State will be less," he said.