Watchdog rules Donegal senator breached ethic laws

The public ethics watchdog says a Fianna Fail Senator knowingly breached ethics laws – by claiming travel expenses from two different bodies for the same trips.

The breaches were committed by Brían Ó Domhnaill after he claimed expenses from both Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta for three trips in 2006.

Mr Ó Domhnaill was a member of both bodies at the time, and claimed travel expenses from both agencies for trips to counties Louth and Monaghan.

The Senator had argued that the expenses claims referred to different events on different dates – a claim rejected by the watchdog, SIPO.