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#Ronan Mullen

# ronan-mullen - Tuesday 24 April, 2012

Rónán Mullen: I am wondering if it is defamatory to suggest I was 'smirking'

Rónán Mullen has again defended himself and denied accusations that he was unpleasant to women who came to Leinster House last week to share their painful experiences of abortion outside of Ireland.

# ronan-mullen - Monday 23 April, 2012

Mullen: Reports I smirked at abortion meeting “entirely untrue”

The independent Senator says he is “taken aback” by suggestions he was ‘smirking’ when addressing women in Leinster House.

In full: Rónán Mullen’s statement rejecting ‘smirking’ allegation

The full text of a statement issued by Senator Rónán Mullen to Newstalk’s Lunchtime show, and subsequently shared with us.

# ronan-mullen - Saturday 21 April, 2012

Ronan Mullen horrified at 'nasty' suggestions over abortion debate

The Senator has spoken to as his name trends on Twitter over allegations that he was the ‘nasty’ politician referred to during last night’s Late Late Show.

# ronan-mullen - Thursday 19 April, 2012

TV3 chief: We couldn't afford to make mistake like Mission to Prey

David McRedmond says his station wouldn’t have made libel because “we couldn’t afford a settlement” like that given by RTÉ to Fr Kevin Reynolds.

# ronan-mullen - Saturday 7 April, 2012

Skodas, jets and the Lotto: the week in statistics

Our weekly wrap-up of the numbers that defined the week, like: how much did our 12 MEPs take in donations last year?

11 things we learned from the new Registers of Members’ Interests

The new registers of members’ interests have been published. Here’s some random things we learned from reading them.

# ronan-mullen - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

Government blocks Seanad move to abolish unvouched independents’ allowance

An amendment moved by independent Senators making the ‘leaders’ allowance’ vouched has been defeated by the government.

# ronan-mullen - Thursday 22 September, 2011

Norris set to fall short of Oireachtas support as candidates look to councils

A busy day in presidential campaign as David Norris’s attempts at being nominated by the Oireachtas appear to be fading as both he and Dana now look set to pin their hopes on local council support.

# ronan-mullen - Tuesday 20 September, 2011

As Dana and Norris’s presidential hopes fade, who’s supporting who?

David Norris would appear to have the best chance of being on the ballot paper but he faces an uphill task. We crunch the numbers to find out who independent TDs and Senators are supporting.

# ronan-mullen - Saturday 5 March, 2011

Independents to meet on running Seanad candidates

Independent TDs, senators, MEPs and councillors will attend a meeting to see if non-party candidates can win Seanad seats.

# ronan-mullen - Saturday 29 January, 2011

Seanad passes Finance Bill after late bankers' bonus scare

The Finance Bill passes unamended through the Seanad, after a late scare for Fianna Fáil when the Greens jump ship.

# ronan-mullen - Monday 23 August, 2010

IVOR CALLELY HAS been granted two weeks by the Seanad Select Committee on Members’ Interests to respond to the various allegations about his travel and telephone expenses claims.

The committee has also given him one month to explain to the Oireachtas authorities why he did not declare his interest in several properties on the Register of Members’ Interests.

Callely did not declare his Cork holiday home in any of his annual filings since 2007, nor did he mention many other properties he co-owns with his wife Jennifer.

He has also returned almost €3,000 paid as a result of mobile phone expenses forms relating to his time as a TD which bore the letterhead of a company that had gone out of business in 1994.

Yesterday’s Sunday Tribune showed, however, that further to claiming mileage expenses from his Cork address while being based in Clontarf, Callely had also been claiming the full travel allowance allowed to him when a junior minister – despite living just three miles from the Dáil.

Separately, the committee will hold a public meeting in four weeks’ time to question Senator Larry Butler, who claimed travel expenses from an address in Graiguenamanagh in Co Kilkenny despite being based in Foxrock for most of his time in the Seanad.

The committee has dropped complaints against Senators Ann Ormonde, who switched addresses to Waterford while her regular home in Donnybrook was being refurbished, and Rónán Mullen, who had relayed an anecdote about being advised to claim from a separate address.

# ronan-mullen - Friday 20 August, 2010

THE FOUR SENATORS subject to complaints made to the Seanad Committee on Members’ Interests – Ivor Callely, Larry Butler, Ann Ormonde and Rónán Mullen have submitted formal responses to the committee’s questions. Callely appears before the committee on Monday.

# ronan-mullen - Thursday 15 July, 2010

UPDATE: 16.25

IVOR CALLELY has rejected the Oireactas report which led to his suspension in a row over expenses.

“I would like to have the matter reviewed fairly in a non-partisan way,” he said last night. The Senator refused to comment “at this stage” as to whether this meant taking legal proceedings or not.

“I strenuously reject the findings,” he said.“I will now have to consider the options available.”

This morning however Senator Eugene Regan of Fine Gael is calling on the gardaí to investigate Ivor Callely and his expenses.

Regan said the Oireachtas had gone as far as it could go in suspending Senator Callely for 20 sitting days (effectively seven weeks) without pay. Regan said if it was anyone else, they would face the full extent of the law and Senator Callely should be no different.

Speaking on Morning Ireland, Regan however, said he did not wish to prejudice any investigation. Independent Senator Ronan Mullen said he did not believe there was anything the gardaí could do on the matter.

Callely has not yet commented on whether he would be returning any of the €81,000 he claimed in expenses.