Ivor Callely Jailed For Five Months

Former Junior Minister Ivor Callely has been jailed for five months for fraudulently claiming mobile expenses while he was a senator.

According to reports, Mr Callely pleaded guilty to four counts of using invoices, believing them to be false instruments, between November 2007 and December 2009.

The 56-year-old was a member of the Seanad at the time of the offences. During Callely's trial, a court heard how the former minister used invoices from defunct businesses to claim phone expenses under an parliamentary scheme that allows members to claim €750 every 18 months. He is said to have been made aware of the scheme in August 2007, shortly after he was appointed a senator, and started to submit expenses claims at intervals of 18 months. He also submitted retrospective invoices from his time as a parliamentary representative (TD).

On six invoices, he claimed a total of €4,207.45.

On Monday (28 July), a judge ruled that an aggravating factor was Callely's position at the time of the crimes and said a prison term was demanded by "public interest".

A barrister representing Mr Callely said his his client was "remorseful" over his actions.


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