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IrelandControversial candidate Hughie McElvaney slams RTE after being re-elected to Monaghan County Council

11:35  27 may  2019
11:35  27 may  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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Controversial candidate Hughie McElvaney has slammed RTE after being re - elected to Monaghan County Council . He was filmed appearing to ask an undercover RTE reporter for ‘ten grand’ in cash, which aired on the station’s Prime Time Investigates in 2015. When he retained his

Hugh McElvaney was yesterday re - elected to Monaghan County Council as an Independent, having formerly been a Fine Gael representative. Speaking after his re - election , Cllr McElvaney hit out angrily at RTÉ over its 2015 investigations programme entitled ‘Standards in Public Office’.

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Controversial candidate Hughie McElvaney has slammed RTE after being re-elected to Monaghan County Council.

He was filmed appearing to ask an undercover RTE reporter for ‘ten grand’ in cash, which aired on the station’s Prime Time Investigates in 2015.

When he retained his seat, the Independent was furious at the station and in particular hit out at the reporter involved in the programme.

He said: ‘A monkey was tied around my back with the visit of RTE in 2015.

‘Take your monkey off my back and go back in the swamp where you belong among the reptiles and snakes and don’t be looking where I am and just leave me alone.’

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A former Fine Gael county councillor who featured in a recent programme by the RTÉ Investigations Unit has been directed by a majority vote to quit Monaghan County Council . Hugh McElvaney , an elected representative in Co Monaghan for the past 40 years

He was filmed appearing to ask an undercover RTE reporter for ‘ten grand’ in cash, which aired on the station’s Prime Time Investigates in 2015. John Heneghan and his wife Caitlin Holtzman died after being struck by an alleged drunk driver in upstate New York .

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McElvaney challenged the reporter to come and look at the piles of ballot papers built up in his name at the court centre.

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McElvaney has served 45 years on Monaghan County Council, first elected in June 1974.

He said he looked forward to having served 50 years by the end of his new term, in the service of Clones and Ballybay.

McElvaney admitted his latest campaign has been very difficult for him, one of the most difficult in his years in public life.

He said this was because it was decided to reduce the Municipal District from six seats to five.

‘I know who they were targeting but the people of Ballybay and Clones have spoken and put Hughie back where he rightly belongs,’ he said, according to The Irish Sun.

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After RTE aired the Prime Time Investigates programme, McElvaney said he knew the reporter was undercover and he played along with the set-up.

Another candidate who appeared in the documentary was John O’Donnell, who topped the poll in the Milford area in Donegal.

O’Donnell was filmed discussing zoning decisions and expressed confidence he would be able to lobby other candidates.

Earlier this year, the Standards in Public Office Commission found against O’Donnell in respect to three alleged contraventions.

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