Four years after an investigation into county council graft…
SIPO announces it has found against Monaghan county councillor Hugh McElvaney in respect of all four of the alleged contraventions of the Ethics in Public Office Act. Case arose out of RTE Prime Time wind farm sting.
Monaghan County Councillor Hugh McElvaney speaking to an undercover reporter on an RTÉ Investigates programme in 2015
In 2015, an undercover reporter for RTÉ Investigates presented themselves to former Fine Gael Monaghan County Councillor Hugh McElvaney as a representative of a fictitious firm called Vinst Opportunities which, Mr McElvaney was told, wanted to set up wind farms in Ireland.
During their meeting, Mr McElvaney told the RTÉ reporter that he would help the company get planning permission.
Asked how much he was looking for, he told the reporter:
“Ten grand would be a start.”
Further to this…
The Standards In Public Office Commission writes:
“The investigation hearing into the alleged contraventions of the Ethical Framework for Local Government Service by Councillor Hugh McElvaney of Monaghan County Council will commence at 9.30am on Monday, 17 September 2018, at the offices of the Standards in Public Office Commission at 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.
“There will be a limited number of space available for the public who may wish to attend.”
Mr McElvaney is still a Monghan County Councillor but he is no longer with Fine Gael.