Brian Ó Domhnaill loses challenge over expenses investigation

Monday 13 January 2014 17.53
Brian Ó Domhnaill wanted the investigation carried out by bilingual members of the commission
Brian Ó Domhnaill wanted the investigation carried out by bilingual members of the commission

Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has lost his High Court challenge against an investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission into alleged duplication of expenses claims.

He lost his challenge requiring his case to be heard by a commission comprising of bilingual members, who were able to conduct and understand the proceedings without the assistance of an interpreter.

The case relates to an investigation concerning travel and subsistence claims made by Mr Ó Domhnaill between 2006 and 2007, when he was a member of Donegal County Council.

The commission was due to begin a public session concerning the expenses matter last June, but that did not proceed after Mr Ó Domhnaill secured leave from the High Court to bring his challenge.

Judge Desmond Hogan said a ruling will be made about the costs of the High Court challenge at the end of the month.