Ivor Callely, the Senator who was recently thrown out of Fianna Fail, has refunded more money back to the state. The latest refund of €737.60 came after Callely reviewed his Oireachtas expense files last month.
Callely has already refunded €2,879 in mobile phone expenses after he admitted that invoices he submitted were fake. The invoices he submitted from Business Communications in Fairview from 2002 to 2006 came years after that company was dissolved.
The Senator has now found that as well as four claims for mobile phones based on fake invoices from Business Communications, there was another claim in 2008 which was based on an invoice from In-Tech Ireland based at the same Fairview address.
This gets stranger and stranger.
A former In-Tech employee confirmed to me that the company did share an adress with Business Communications, owned by the Baxter family, but In-Tech moved to Finglas in 2002. This source said In-Tech Ireland never sold phones either.
According to a representative of Callely, he decided to make this second refund because of "concerns" over the validity of an invoice from the same Fairview address used in previous invoices.
The full story is in The Sunday Times. You can see Ivor's letter of refund and cheque here.