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Callely fined over untaxed car

Former junior minister Ivor Callely has been fined 150 euro for driving an untaxed car.

The ex-Fianna Fail TD and senator, who quit politics over an expenses scandal, was stopped in the car without a valid tax disc last summer.

The Courts Service confirmed Callely appeared at Dublin District Court where he was given two months to pay the fine.

Callely, with an address on St Lawrence Road, Clontarf, north Dublin, had been stopped by a garda while driving the untaxed car, with an 06-D registration, on the Springdale Road in Raheny.

The six-year-old car was subject to regulations under national car test regulations and was being driven in breach of the Road Traffic Act.

Judge Bridget Reilly imposed the fine.

Separately, Callely has been under investigation over claims he falsely claimed about 3,000 euro for mobile expenses while a senator between 2002 and 2006 for a company that had gone out of business in the 1990s.

It is believed he supplied invoices from the company - Business Communications - even though it was not trading.

Allegations first emerged in August 2010 when former Green Party backbencher Paul Gogarty made an official garda complaint over reports that Mr Callely allegedly used the company invoices for a mobile phone allowance claim. Callely has claimed he had submitted the invoices in good faith and was not aware the company was defunct.

Mr Callely was first embroiled in an expenses scandal two years ago after claiming 81,000 euro of allowances as he based himself in a holiday home in Kilcrohane, west Cork.

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