Questions have been raised over the seeming reluctance by SIPO (Standards in Public Office) to disclose any information around the circumstances of a planned investigation by them of the Chair of Meath County Council.
Aontú Cllr Emer Tóibín says she is very disappointed and perplexed that SIPO is refusing to say anything around the planned investigation into FF Cllr Tommy Reilly, which is understood to have been halted for reasons unknown to her. She says,

“I find it staggering that here we are four weeks out from an election, and we haven’t a clue on the exact reasons Cllr Tommy Reilly is being investigated. I firmly agree with the presumption of innocent until proven guilty, but I also believe that if one has nothing to hide then he or she would normally be beating a drum to be exonerated and clear his or her name”.
“I have written to SIPO but there seems to be a blanket around any information. I find this very alarming in a democracy.”

Cllr Tommy Reilly

Meath Live contacted SIPO and they have confirmed that the original dates planned for last month, the 15th and 16th of April were adjourned and would be rescheduled to a future

date, they communicated the following message;

”The Investigation Hearing into alleged contraventions of the Local Government Act 2001 and the Code of Conduct for Councillors by Councillor Tommy Reilly of Meath County Council has been adjourned and, as a result, the hearing will not be proceeding on the dates of 15 and 16 April 2024.

The Commission is currently in the process of scheduling a new date for the hearing.  All details of alleged contraventions will be heard at the hearing when it takes place.”

We also contacted Cllr Tommy Reilly and he declined to comment, we understand Meath Co Co held their own investigation but there was no action taken at that stage.

Cllr Reilly has confirmed that he will be seeking re-election in next month’s Local Elections on 7th June.