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Sunday 22 October 2017

Defiant Ivor refuses to quit committees

IVOR'S back with a vengeance.

The disgraced senator is refusing to give up his place on three Oireachtas committees -- in a show of defiance against his former bosses in Fianna Fail.

A series of letters have now gone back and forth between the Government chief whip and Mr Callely demanding that he resign from the committees -- but he is refusing to stand down.

The Dublin politician showed up at Leinster House again this week in spite of being banned from the Seanad for 20 days as a result of an investigation into his dubious expenses.

And he sat in his regular seat, which would be considered Fianna Fail property.

His powerless colleagues are furious that he is continuing to attend various committees to which he was appointed by his former party.

But a Fianna Fail spokesman says that the party's hierarchy have done "everything within their remit" to get him to vacate the significant positions.

Sources have revealed that Mr Callely has received a number of correspondence from Government chief whip John Curran requesting him "to vacate" the committee jobs.

But the Senator has repeatedly indicated that he does not intend to quit the enterprise committee, human rights or foreign affairs committee.

He has been forced to resign as the Government representative to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and replaced by Senator Ned O'Sullivan.

But the brazen senator -- who is also suing his Seanad colleagues -- showed up in Leinster House again on Tuesday.

He attended the Enterprise, Trade and Employment Committee where he addressed a debate on student graduate programmes.

kdoyle@herald.ie

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