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Udaras na GaeltachtaA Kerry County Councillor, who is on the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta, says he intends raising the issue of a Donegal senator who incorrectly claimed expenses from the organisation.

The State ethics watchdog found that Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill had intentionally contravened ethics legislation when he claimed expenses while serving as a county councillor ten years ago.
Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill  who has resigned from Fianna Fáil, made claims for travelling and subsistence expenses from Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta for the same dates on three occasions in 2006.

He claimed more than €1,800 from Donegal County Council and around €250 from Údarás na Gaeltachta.

The Standards in Public Office Commission found each contravention was committed intentionally and that none of the expenses incorrectly claimed by him had been repaid.

SIPO says it’s a matter for Donegal County Council and Údarás to recoup the payments.

Donegal County Council has said it won’t be making a public comment at this time.

Údarás na Gaeltachta, which is responsible for the economic, cultural and social development of Irish-speaking regions, says it’s satisfied that there is no basis to seek the recoupment of paid claims from Mr Ó Domhnaill and that his attendance at the Údaras meetings were confirmed.

Kerry County Councillor Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald who is on the board of Údarás says he intends raising this at the organisation’s next board meeting on February 3rd.