Friday 21 September 2018

€15k for Ivor with €39k on the way

IVOR Callely has been refunded over €15,000 in expenses and is due to receive €39,000 in the coming days.

The former senator, who was embroiled in an expenses saga earlier this year, was repaid €15,285 in travel costs from the beginning of the year to April 25 when the Seanad was dissolved.

The expenses were paid on the basis that the politician was living in Kilcrohane, just outside Bantry in Cork for the first four months of the year.

Callely, who has tried to invigorate his political career by launching a new website, did not run in the elections for the 24th Seanad.

He will pocket €226,000 in the coming years courtesy of the taxpayer.

The 52-year-old will receive a €55,000 "termination payment" as well as a pension lump sum of €158,000 and will receive an additional €14,000 in pension payments for other offices held, even though he is 13 years shy of the normal retirement age.



CONTROVERSY

Within the calendar year, he will have received a total of €167,000, after which his pension will be €35,300.

His expenses payments were "ceased pending investigation" in April 2010 when the controversy over Mr Callely claiming travel expenses from west Cork erupted but the stop on the payments was lifted on April 29.

The €15,285 dates from the period of January to April 2011, and the €39,000 is for time missed in 2010.

The Dublin North-Central politician is also entitled to keep the €81,000 he claimed in expenses between 2007 and 2010, and which sparked the controversy.

The most notorious member of the last Seanad was last paid expenses in March 2010, but returned the cheque for €3,897 after the controversy over his place of residence erupted. Mr Callely won a High Court case, quashing his suspension.

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