FINE GAEL Senator, Pat O’Neill is awaiting a tax clearance certificate from the Revenue Commissioners to comply with his position in the Seanad. He is confident he will have it by the end of the week. The Bennettsbridge farmer said that the documentation would be with the Standards in Public Office Commission by Friday and that he had done his best to sort matters out with the commission. A report issued by the Standards in Public Office Commission (SPOC) last Friday said Senator O’Neill failed to provide details of his taxes within nine months of his election last May. The Commission had asked him to supply either a Tax Clearance Certificate or an application for such a certificate.
Sen O’Neill declined to comment further on the matter just to say he was sorry for any embarrassment he may have caused over the matter. The Seanad has the power to censure Senator O’Neill, suspend him for a month or dock his pay or to do nothing. Sen O’Neill is the party’s spokesman on transport in the Upper House and is a former chairman of Kilkenny County Council.