SIPO HEARING ON MONAGHAN COUNCILLOR ADJOURNED

5 November 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A Standards In Public Office inquiry into complaints made against Independent member of Monaghan Co Council Seamus Treanor was adjourned on Monday to facilitate written legal submissions. The hearing arises from complaints alleging that election literature distributed by Councillor Treanor in 2019 contained “racist, dangerous and xenophobic” material.

SIPO is investigating whether the material distributed during a local government election campaign contravened the Code of Conduct for local elected representatives set out in the Local Government Act. Monday’s hearing was told that Councillor Treanor stated in the election material that he had no problem with people coming into the country if they could support their families and if they obeyed the laws and customs of the country.

Councillor Treanor in the material accused “the political elite in Ireland” and “their masters in Europe” of encouraging “uncontrolled migration into this country”, the hearing was told. The literature claimed that up to 92% of asylum seekers entering Ireland were bogus and that they were abusing the Irish free legal aid system to extend their stay in the country at the huge expense of the Irish taxpayer.

Councillor Treanor also alleged in the literature that 22 houses had been allocated by Monaghan Co Council, on the instructions of the Department of Justice, to economic migrants who had never been on the housing list of the…

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