Monaghan County Council has called for the resignation of veteran councillor Hugh McElvaney, who was caught on film asking for a £10,000 payment in exchange for helping to secure planning permission for wind farms.
The former Fine Gael county councillor (66) was one of three politicians featured in a RTÉ corruption sting last week, which investigated the non-disclosure of politicians’ interests.
Adamant that he did nothing wrong, the 66-year-old has said he is the victim of a "dirty tricks campaign" and that he played along with the string because he wanted "the opportunity of showing RTÉ up, our State broadcaster, for what they are".
In return for the sterling, Mr McElvaney told the undercover reporter “Nina” that he would lobby the government on behalf of fictitious wind farm investors.
Northern Sound FM are reporting that the motion proposed by Sinn Féin cllr Pat Treanor this evening passed with 13 councillors voting in favour, with 3 absenting.
The Stranooden-based councillor has a number of business interests outside politics and claims to be worth over €10 million.
His ethics register filing from last February omitted to mention a pub that he owns and a plot of agricultural land.
However, he did record his directorship of Exomex Ltd, the company that owns McElvaney's Waste and Recycling.
The councillor had a previous brush with controversy in 1996 when he apologised over "an incident" on an Aer Lingus flight to Boston.
It was reported at the time that he was abusive to staff and upset passengers after he was refused a drink.
Controversial Monaghan councillor Hugh McElvaney stands by his claims that his now infamous “What’s in it for me” quote to an undercover RTE reporter was a ruse to lure the national broadcaster into a trap.
'What's in it for me?" demanded Councillor Hugh McElvaney, caught by a hidden camera looking for a bribe to help with a planning application. Let's consider that question in a broader context. What's in it for politicians to set up an independent anti-corruption body with strong powers and sufficient resources?