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In court: Ex-minister Ivor Callely has pleaded guilty. Photo: Courtpix

In court: Ex-minister Ivor Callely has pleaded guilty. Photo: Courtpix

In court: Ex-minister Ivor Callely has pleaded guilty. Photo: Courtpix

FORMER Junior Minister Ivor Callely has pleaded guilty to fraudulently using a bogus invoice to claim expenses.

Mr Callely (55), of St Lawrence Road, Clontarf, Dublin, pleaded guilty to using a Business Communication Limited Invoice dated January 2002 as a false instrument on dates between November 21 and 22 at Leinster House, Kildare Street.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, set a sentence date of July 22, 2014 when the full facts will be heard.

Tony McGillicuddy BL, defending, said he expected the sentence hearing to take 40 minutes.

Mr Callely, of St Lawrence Road, Clontarf, had been due to take the stand later this month after being sent forward from the District Court on charges relating to using invoices as false instruments for receipt of expenses for handsets and equipment, under the Oireachtas members direct purchase mobile phone scheme.

Investigations were sparked in August 2010, when former Green Party TD Paul Gogarty made an official garda complaint.

Elected

Callely was first elected as a TD in Dublin North Central in 1989 and lost his seat in 2007.

Between 2002 and 2005, he held junior ministries in Health and Transport. He quit his ministerial post in 2005 when it emerged a company involved in public contracts had painted his house for free.

In 2007, he was appointed to the Seanad by Bertie Ahern but did not contest elections last year.

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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