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Dublin councillor committed 'minor' breach of ethics guidelines - SIPO

However a report by the Standards Commission said that the contraventions by Oisin Quinn were inadvertent.

Councillor Oisin Quinn
Councillor Oisin Quinn
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A DUBLIN CITY councillor has been found to have contravened ethics guidelines following an investigation into his behaviour by the Standards Commission.

However the investigation report published this afternoon said that the contraventions were committed “inadvertently” and were “minor in nature”.

Labour councillor Oisin Quinn had been investigated after he failed to disclose an interest he had in a property on Mount Street in Dublin which was “material” to a motion discussed at a Dublin City Council meeting in December 2009 and again in July 2010.

Quinn did not withdraw from the meetings while the matters were being discussed.

The Standards Commission held an investigation hearing on 19 December 2011 into whether Quinn contravened the Ethical Framework of the Local Government Service (Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001).

This afternoon the Commission said that although Quinn had contravened the guidelines, his actions had been minor.

“The Standards Commission is satisfied that these contraventions were committed inadvertently and that the contraventions were, in all the circumstances, minor in nature,” the report stated.

The Standards Commission has sent its report to Quinn, as well as to Dublin Lord Mayor Andrew Montague, Dublin City Manager John Tierney, the complainants Michael Smith and Cieran Perry, and the Ministers for Public Expenditure and the Environment.

Read the full report from the Standards in Public Office Commission >

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