Deputy McGinley and Senator O’Domhnaill strongly reject expenses claims

Both Deputy Dinny McGinley and Senator Brian O'Domhnaill has this evening stated in the strongest terms that neither have over claimed travel expenses to and from the Dail.

Earlier today Senator Pearse Doherty called on both men to return any over payments if it were determined that they were received.

It is reported today that a formal investigation into the expenses of a number of Donegal politicians is imminent on foot of a formal complaint due to be lodged to the Dail expenses watchdog.

Senator Pearse Doherty's comments today focused on Senator Brian O'Domhnaill and Deputy Dinny McGinley.

Both claim expenses to and from Dublin via Sligo, each claim that they do so so as to attend constituency offices in Donegal Town and Ballybofey respectively.

However Pearse Doherty, who travels via the north, questions if this is appropriate.

Commenting this evening both Deputy McGinley and Senator O'Domhnail say they have checked with the appropriate authorities and that their expenses claims are appropriate and proper.

Deputy McGinley added that no complaint has been lodged with the Dail expenses committee to date.