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#Shane Cassells

# shane-cassells - Thursday 11 October, 2018

'If you did this in the private sector you'd be gone' - Head of OPW grilled over State building being measured incorrectly

The Comptroller and Auditor General recently revealed that the wrong rate of rent had been paid on the vacant building.

# shane-cassells - Thursday 28 September, 2017

Acting Garda Commissioner says he has 'no authority' to release report into reopening of Stepaside Garda Station

Dónall Ó Cualáin was up in front of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee this morning.

# shane-cassells - Wednesday 5 July, 2017

There have been sightings of a snake on the loose in Meath

The snake has been spotted in Fordstown in recent weeks.

# shane-cassells - Wednesday 3 May, 2017

Navan Co Meath is set for a €12 million makeover

Plans for Navan 2030 are to go on public display in the town before undergoing a six-week public consultancy.

# shane-cassells - Sunday 5 June, 2016

"It's a bear pit" - 100 days in, our newest TDs talk the hours, income, and oddities that come with Dáil life

There are a huge amount of first-time TDs in the 32nd Dáil. Here’s how they’ve been finding life in their new home.

# shane-cassells - Friday 13 August, 2010

A FIANNA FÁIL councillor has launched a significant attack on transport minister Noel Dempsey over the €100,000 cost of a flight he took on the government jet while his driver followed him in his car.

Cllr Shane Cassells, a member of Navan Town Council and Meath County Council and a constituency colleague of Dempsey’s, said people struggling to make mortgage repayments on the back of increased interest rates could not support the government’s expensive ‘antics’.

He told the Meath Chronicle:

Last week was dominated by news of false mobile phone invoices from Ivor Callely and Noel Dempsey flying to Donegal on the government jet. But, for most people, the only news that was of concern was the fact that their mortgage cost was going to increase by over €1,000 a year.

These people then look at the paper and see Callely pocketing money he was never entitled to and the Department of Transport claiming the cost of a flight on the government jet for Noel Dempsey was €13,000 and not €100,000.

Who cares what it cost? It was still too much! This really is about as far removed from reality as it gets for most ordinary people.

He also said that Fianna Fáil’s grassroots membership was demoralised by the perception of the government’s high-flying lifestyle.

Speaking to a meeting of the party’s youth branch in Queen’s University Belfast earlier this week, Dempsey has conceded that he was “wrong” to have taken the flight but stopped short of apologising for the expenses of his travel.

The Queen’s student newspaper The Gown said that with the “wonderful benefit of hindsight”, Dempsey admitted he should have considered alternative methods of travelling from Dublin to Donegal to make an address at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties.