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SIPO investigation into FF senator’s council expenses postponed

SIPO has postponed indefinitely an investigation into allegations over Brian Ó Domhnaill’s expenses while on Donegal County Council.

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Update: 5.45am, Friday

THE STANDARDS IN Public Office Commission (SIPO) has announced the indefinite postponement its public hearing into Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill’s alleged wrongdoings.

In a statement this evening, SIPO said the public sitting “for the purpose of its investigation of alleged contraventions of the Ethical Framework for the Local Government Service (Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001) and the Ethics Acts by Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, former member of Donegal County Council, has been postponed sine die (ie indefinitely)”.

The allegations against Ó Domhnaill relate to travel and subsistence expenses paid to him in 2006 and 2007, before he was appointed to the Seanad by then-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

Ó Domhnaill has denied any wrongdoing, and a previous internal Fianna Fáil inquiry found no basis for the allegations.

Note: This article previously stated that Ó Domhnaill is a former Fianna Fáil Senator when in fact he is a current Fianna Fáil senator.

Read: Ethics watchdog to hold public hearing into FF senator’s council expenses

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