SIPO to issue ruling on Council double expenses claims within weeks

Monday 12 May 2014 16.09
Councillor Pádraig Doherty faces nine counts of breaches of statutory standards
Councillor Pádraig Doherty faces nine counts of breaches of statutory standards

The Standards In Public Office Commission will issue a ruling within weeks on the case of a member of Donegal County Council accused of making double claims on his expenses.

70-year-old Pádraig Doherty of Derrybeg, Co Donegal faces nine counts of breaches of statutory standards required of public representatives contained in a number of acts including the Ethics in public office act.

At a hearing in SIPO headquarters today, Mr Doherty was accused of claiming mileage and subsistence costs from Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta for the one conference in Dungarvan in March 2007.

Mr Doherty was also accused of making overlapping claims for another conference and a meeting of Údarás na Gaeltachta that took place at separate locations in November 2008.

Counsel for SIPO Diarmuid McGuinness told the hearing that Councillor Doherty had repaid any money claimed on the double to Donegal County Council a year prior to a complaint being made to SIPO.

Mr McGuinness said Mr Doherty co-operated fully with inquiries and gave all documentation voluntarily.

Counsel for Pádraig Doherty, Richard Lyons said his client accepts the alleged contraventions against him and that there was no financial loss to either public body and Mr Doherty maintains he made invertant errors and mixed up his dates relating to the expenses claims.