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Saturday 21 September 2019

Formal complaint over 'ink expense'

MYLES BUCHANAN

FIANNA FÁIL PRO in County Wicklow, Stephen Kearon, has lodged a formal complaint with the Gardai against Aengus Ó Snodaigh (pictured right) over his use of €50,000 worth of printer ink over a two-year period.

In February it emerged that the Sinn Fein TD had used 434 printer cartridges- enough to print three million pages - between 2007 and 2008, forcing him to deny accusations that he was a 'freeloader.'

Instead, he claimed that his constituency organisation was ' known as the most prolific leafletters in the country, within the party' and that the toner would have been used to print these leaflets.

However, Mr. Kearon says this can't be true having obtained documents under the Freedom of Information Act. He claims the documents he was furnished with proved that only a small level of maintenance work had been carried out on Deputy Ó Snodaigh's printer between 2007 and 2008.

'Deputy O'snodaigh has some serious questions to answer. In the absence of evidence to the contrary and based on his explanations so far, Mr. O'snodaigh must be assumed to have misled the public.' 'I therefore formally requested An Garda Siochana on Friday to investigate on the basis that if the toner was not used by Deputy O'snodaigh in his capacity as a Dail Deputy then did taking them in fact constitute a crime?'

The formal complaint against the Dublin South- Central TD was made at Pearse Garda Station on Friday afternoon.

Mr. Kearon maintains that the TD'S printer would have required more regular maintenance if it was used as much as had been claimed.

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