CITY councillor Pat Kennedy repaid almost €1,700 in expenses after it emerged the car he claimed to be driving was off the road at the time.
The Fine Gael councillor – who has been tipped to take the mayoralty next year – claimed €1,690.65 in the first three months of 2010 on travel and subsistence at five conferences in Sligo, Dublin, Dundalk and Limerick Junction.
But information obtained by the Limerick Leader under the Freedom of Information Act has shown a senior City Council official wrote to Cllr Kennedy after he noticed that he had claimed for trips in a car he had said was in for repair.
In response, Cllr Kennedy confirmed his vehicle (a 98-registered Mercedes) was off the road, following an accident which left his car in an “unroadworthy” condition. To travel to the conferences, he said he used vehicles provided by a rental firm.
However, details of this vehicles used were not supplied to the City Council, and Cllr Kennedy refunded the money in June 2010.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of the Limerick Leader, dated October 8, 2011