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Ivor The Terrible

Callely to face new inquiry

Ivor Callely may face another investigation into undeclared property ownership.

SENATOR IVOR CALLELY may face yet another investigation by the Seanad committee, this time focusing on his failure to declare property ownership.

It would be the third probe examining the senator’s expenses, and is currently being considered by the Seanad Committee.

The investigation would focus on Callely’s failure to declare his interest in at least seven properties to Oireachtas authorities.

The Seanad committee will meet privately today to discuss Callely’s responses to the investigation so far, as well as considering expenses claims by other senators. Callely is reportedly seeking an extra two weeks to prepare before he presents his case.

The senator has been embroiled in a number of probes into his expenses this summer. To begin with, the Seanad committee investigated travel expense  claims Callely had made. The committee concluded that he had deliberately misrepresented his principle place of residence and he was suspended for 20 days without pay.

The spotlight focused on the senator once again when details of mobile phone expenses were revealed. Callely claimed about €2,900 for four different mobile phones and car kits in 2009, however the invoices Callely submitted were from a company that had been liquidised several years prior to the period he had claimed for.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, revelations concerning mileage claims surfaced when it emerged that Callely had claimed €87,000 in mileage expenses over a two year period, despite living under three miles from his office.

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