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Longford County Council CEO Tim Caffrey.
Longford County Council CEO Tim Caffrey will appear before a Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) inquiry next week over an alleged breach of ethics.

Longford County Council CEO Tim Caffrey will appear before a Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) inquiry next week over an alleged breach of ethics.

Mr Caffrey has been called over claims he failed to disclose in writing his interest in a property which was being purchased in 2013 using approximately €250,000 from the Dept of the Environment.

In its statement, the Commission said this was an alleged contravention of the Ethical Framework for the Local Government Service.

Mr Caffrey has already claimed the proposed sale, which fell through, was carried out in a clear and transparent manner.

He has also claimed he declared his interest in the property before the council applied for the grant from the Department of the Environment.

This money had been intended to be given to voluntary housing body, the Muiríosa Foundation to purchase the house.

However, the money was subseqently given back to the department and an inquiry was launched. The public hearing is set for SIPO’s Dublin offices next Monday at 10am.