SIPO continues to consider case involving Sligo, Donegal councillors

The Standards in Public Office Commission has confirmed it is continuing to consider the cases of two county councillors from the North West who allegedly breached ethics guidelines by seeming to lobbying or offering to lobby for private gain.

It followed their appearance last year on an RTE programme on lobbying and ethics by the the station’s investigation unit during which they were secretly filmed and recorded.

The RTE programme featured an undercover reporter acting as an intermediry for a fictitious company which was said to be developing a wind farm, and looking for help with planning from local politicians.

The programme was examining the issue of standards and ethics by those in public office.

Sligo Fianna Fail Councillor Joe Queenan and Donegal Independent Councillor John O Donnell were both interviewed for the TV programme.

Afterward, Cllr Queenan resigned from Fianna Fail.

Both councillors have denied wrongdoing.

Sligo County Council referred Ocean FM queries on the matter to SIPO.

Donegal County Council also confirmed the matter has been referred to the Standards in Public Office Commission.

Asked this week for an update on the Standards in Public Office Commission investigation, a Commission spokeswoman told Ocean FM News there was nothing she could say about individuals.

However, she confirmed the matter is under consideration by the Commission.