FORMER FIANNA FÁIL TD Ned O’Keeffe has been arrested over accusations that he used a false invoice to claim for mobile phone expenses while he was a member of the Dáil, RTÉ has reported.
Gardaí confirmed toTheJournal.ie that an arrest had been made in Cork and that the man is being detained in Cobh Garda Station.
A spokesperson for Fianna Fáil told TheJournal.ie that the party would not be making any comment on the issue at the moment as it is a “matter for the Gardaí”.
O’Keeffe served as a TD for Cork East from 1982 until the last Government was dissolved on 25 February 2011. While in government, he became a junior agriculture minister but lost the Fianna Fáil party whip in November 2007 over a row about a health policy motion. He was reinstated three months later.