Callely To Stand Trial

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Former junior minister and Fianna Fáil TD Ivor Callely is to stand trial over a number of allegedly bogus mobile phone expenses claims made during his time spent in the Seanad between 2007 and 2011.

Detectives from the fraud squad arrested the former politician at his home in Howth at 9.50 am this morning. He was subsequently taken to Clontarf Garda station. Callely was charged with six counts of using fraudulent instruments under Section 26 of the Criminal Justice Theft and Fraud Offences Act. He has been granted bail in his own bond of €250.

 Throughout his career, Callely has been the subject of several allegations and controversies. In December 2005 he resigned his cabinet post after a report by RTÉ said that a building contractor involved with public contracts had painted his house for free, and was the subject of a complaint regarding an advertisement for the Operation Freeflow system. Callely was also arrested in January 2012 regarding allegations he had forged receipts for mobile phone kits. He is due back in court next week.

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