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Suspended for 20 sitting days

July 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Irish Politics

The verdict came last night just after 9pm,  Dan Boyle brought the recommendation from the Seanad Select Committee on Members Interest’s investigation.  The Senators who had been kept waiting in the house on the last sitting day until 9pm voted unanimously in agreement with the recommendation to suspend.

Ivor Callely  didn’t even show up after asking for an hour to read the document and delaying things even further.

The report details the investigation and you can read the letters where Callely tells Oireachtas officials where he was living and claims expenses and the print outs of websites and other documents that say otherwise.

We can’t seem to take cases against bankers, the state appears unable or unwilling to prepare a case against ‘missing’ solicitor Michael Lynn but a committee of his peers has investigated Ivor Callely and ‘passed sentence’ all within a matter of weeks’.

If it was a court case regarding someone on social welfare who had not paid their TV licence or someone who had worked a few days while signing on  I’m sure it would have been dealt with at some haste and with some rigour.

Senator Callely is unelected and now maybe unelectable.  Though I should point you to Michael Lowry and Beverly Cooper Flynn in the people who have been in difficulty with courts and other bodies and who topped polls or were re-elected with ease.   However I think Sean Haughey is feeling safer in his seat today.

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