Ombudsman has "serious concerns" about Fahey statements

We’ve obtained a copy of a letter sent by the Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly to the chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries. Dated May 11, the letter, which was alluded to in Thursday’s Irish Examiner, relates to Frank Fahey‘s appearance in front of the committee last week. Deputy Fahey was there to answer questions on … Continue reading “Ombudsman has "serious concerns" about Fahey statements”

Eircom shares, Deputy Fahey?

On his declaration of interests to the House of the Oireachtas Frank Fahey states he holds shares in Ryanair, Irish Life and Permanent, Aviva and Eircom. I see no way he could possibly hold shares in Eircom. To my knowledge it’s not possible for him to hold Eircom shares since the Valentia takeover in 2001. … Continue reading “Eircom shares, Deputy Fahey?”

Fahey fails to declare 50% stake in construction firm

As those who follow me on Twitter know, I believe the Mail on Sunday, like the Irish Daily Mail, is an under-appreciated newspaper (wow, wow, lower those rifles, dear readers, I’ll explain). People ignore it because oftentimes the substance of the stories they unearth get lost in the style in which they report. Of course the Mail … Continue reading “Fahey fails to declare 50% stake in construction firm”

Over 100 politicians overclaim expenses has obtained from the Oireachtas FOI documents released to journalist Ken Foxe, who sought details relating to the expense claims of TDs and Senators. The documents show how more than 100 TDs and Senators claimed expenses to which they were not entitled between 2007 and 2009. Some claimed for attending committee meetings which they … Continue reading “Over 100 politicians overclaim expenses”

Work so far

Posts resulting from obtaining previously unreleased documents  ‘Ombudsman has serious concerns about Fahey statements‘ – leaked letter from Ombudsman to Oireachtas Agriculture Committee where the Ombudsman cast doubts on the accuracy of Fahey’s statements to the Committee. New information relating to Terence Wheelock case – the Wheelock family’s version of Garda Ombudsman’s report on Mr Wheelock’s death in … Continue reading “Work so far”

Green Party, donations, anti-corruption policy…

Here’s a Green Party press release that just arrived in the inbox. It’s headlined “Days of the corrupt politician are numbered – Ban on corporate donations will help clean up politics for good”… Green Party TD for Dublin North and Justice spokesman Trevor Sargent has welcomed the latest progress in relation to investigations into the allegations … Continue reading “Green Party, donations, anti-corruption policy…”

Oireachtas travel costs 2009

These are costs related to Irish Parliamentary Association (IPA) travel for 2009. Released by the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission. Spreadsheet These are costs related to Council of Europe, OSCE, PACE, Western European Union, EuroMed and EMPA. The total is €108,671.80. The data includes trips by Frank Fahey, Ivor Callely, Pat Breen, Joe O’Reilly, Terry … Continue reading “Oireachtas travel costs 2009”

MoS investigation into Callely claims

In the past I’ve spoken about the odd – unfortunately, odd – position the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday occupy in the national conversation… please Ireland, don’t sleep this time. Luke Byrne knocks it out of the park. Cracking journalism. A two-month investigation into the Fianna Fáil senator’s expenses claims show he was paid … Continue reading “MoS investigation into Callely claims”