Ethics investigation begins on another Killarney Councillor

29 Jul

The Town Manager and Mayor of Killarney have begun an ethics investigation on Independent Killarney Town Councillor Donal Grady. This follows a preliminary investigation by the county’s Ethics Officer, after Cllr Grady contacted him to confirm that he was not breaching ethics legislation, regarding a developer giving funds to the residents of a Killarney housing estate. Cllr Donal Grady objected to the proposed development of office and retail units near Pinewood Estate in Killarney, but withdrew the objection when approached by the developer.

Following negotiations between Cllr Grady, the residents, and the developer; the developer agreed to pay 25-thousand-euro to the residents for them to spend on the estate as they see fit, and the cheque was given to Killarney solicitor Terence Casey on the residents’ behalves. Before this, Cllr Grady contacted the ethics office to confirm he hadn’t breached legislation; but the Ethics Officer must investigate all issues once made aware of them, and reported to the Killarney Town Manager, saying there was a need for an investigation to be carried out.

Town Manager John Breen and the current Mayor of Killarney Patrick O’Donoghue will carry out this investigation. Mayor O’Donoghue is due before the next sitting of Tralee Circuit Criminal Court having been charged with breaches of the Standards in Public Office legalisation, due to attempts to rezone land near his family owned Gleneagle Hotel. Killarney Town Cllr Sheila Casey was also investigated on the same matter, but was cleared of any wrongdoing.

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