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Sunday 24 September 2017

Disgraced Callely quizzed by gardai over 'harassment'

Ivor Callely
Ivor Callely

Disgraced politician Ivor Callely was arrested yesterday and questioned for a number of hours, the Herald has learned.

It is understood his arrest relates to an allegation of harassment, which was made against the former Fianna Fail TD for Dublin North-Central.

Mr Callely (59) was held for questioning in Clontarf Garda Station yesterday morning before being released without charge.

A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in relation to the matter.

Dispute

It is understood the incident relates to an ongoing dispute over a property in north Dublin.

Gardai confirmed that a man in his 50s was arrested in Clontarf yesterday morning.

He was detained on suspicion of an offence under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

"He was questioned and released without charge," said a spokesperson.

Mr Callely resigned from the Fianna Fail party in 2010 amid controversy over expenses.

The former junior transport minister hit the headlines again in 2014 when the Supreme Court ruled against him regarding a four-year-old dispute over €80,000 in travel expenses.

A High Court ruling in January 2011 had gone in favour of Mr Callely, but the Seanad committee later won its appeal.

The Supreme Court ruled that the Seanad committee on members' interests was entitled to conclude that Mr Callely had misrepresented his normal place of residence as a house in Kilcrohane, Bantry, Co Cork, rather than Clontarf in Dublin when claiming expenses.

The appeal challenged the earlier High Court finding that there had been a breach of fair procedures in July 2010.

At that stage, the Seanad committee had decided that Mr Callely deliberately misrepresented his place of residence when claiming mileage in 2008 amounting to some €80,000.

Mr Callely had been involved in politics since he was first elected to Dublin City Council in 1985 and he was the youngest ever chairman of the old Eastern Health Board.

Elected to the Dail for Dublin North-Central in 1989, he was appointed a junior minister in 2002.

In 2005, he was forced to resign from the Cabinet after reports that a painter who worked on Eastern Health Board contracts had painted his home.

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