New SIPO inquiry into Caffrey

New SIPO inquiry into Caffrey

The Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) is to launch a fresh investigation into the conduct of former Longford County Council chief excutive, Tim Caffrey.

In  a statement issued yesterday (Tuesday) the Commission said it considered it   “appropriate” to initiate an inquiry into alleged contraventions of ethics legislation by Mr Caffrey.

The Commission said its decision to launch a fresh inquiry was independent from a hearing which was held in September 2015.

 A date of September 12 has been set aside for the hearing at SIPO's head offices in Dublin.

“This investigation hearing will be to hear evidence relating to alleged contraventions separate from the contravention that it investigated at its hearing on 28 September 2015,” read a statement.   

That inquiry found Mr Caffrey had failed to fully declare his interest in a house which was to be purchased by a housing charity with the aid of a Government grant.

Mr Caffrey, who retired in March after ten years as county manager and CEO of Longford County Council, insisted he had not been aware of a requirement to  notify  then mayor Larry Bannon in writing concerning his interest in the property.

The  Commission ruled Mr Caffrey had contravened section 178(2)(b) of the Local Government Act 2001 .

 Following the release of its report, Mr Caffrey, however, announced he was contemplating launching  a judicial review into additional  claims that he “did not act in good faith”.