18 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard


Underfire public representative Hugh McElvaney has been requested to resign from the membership of Monaghan Co Council.

The Council at a specially convened meeting yesterday, Wednesday afternoon, voted in favour of a Sinn Féin motion moved by Pat Treanor which requested the resignation of the veteran local politician because of “his clear breaches of the code of conduct binding the behaviour of councillors, as demonstrated by the contents of the RTE Investigates programme broadcast on Monday, December 7.”

The programme had depicted the long-serving Co Councillor, now in his 42nd year on the authority, allegedly seeking financial payment from an undercover investigative female reporter purporting to represent a wind farm company looking for assistance with planning issues in Co Monaghan.

In moving yesterday’s motion, Colr Treanor, who is a colleague of Colr McElvaney on the Ballybay-Clones Municipal District, said that by his actions the Corcaghan-based public representative had brought both the Council’s elected members and staff into disrepute, and had badly let down those who had voted for him by the behaviour depicted in the programme.

The motion was seconded by SF’s Cathy Bennett, who said she was totally disgusted and shocked by the actions of the former Fine Gael and now Independent local public representative on the programme. “If we don’t do something about this we will be the laughing stock of the country,” she stated.

Colr McElvaney was present for the commencement of the meeting, but left after reading a lengthy prepared statement – despite being requested by SF’s Brian McKenna to remain for the subsequent debate.

In his statement Colr McElvaney repeated his earlier public assertions that he knew from the outset that his contact with the RTE investigate team was what he termed “a stitch-up and a wind-up” which he had played along with in order to expose “the dirty tricks of the national broadcaster”.

Colr McElvaney said that throughout his long political career he had never…


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