More suspect phone invoices - Ned O'Keeffe

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Well, it looks like all TD's should be looking over their shoulder. It seems that the MoS have exposed yet another member of our fine Government for alleged false invoices. (2 separate articles)

The ¿2k invoices that don't add up: TD and garage defend the receipts with no numbers... and wrong VAT date | Mail Online

The Cork TD had purchased three different car-phone kits between 2004 and 2009, and on the most recent invoice, for one such hands-free kit, the bill came to €737.53.
The cost of the work to install a Bluetooth cradle, at €330, was more than the cost of the equipment itself at €319.81.
Curious, the Irish Mail on Sunday contacted O’Keeffe’s car dealership, TR Motors, on Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin.
A reporter posed as a customer interested in buying a Bluetooth kit for a Mercedes car.
Asked if there would be labour costs to install such a system, an employee said: ‘No, no, it would be quick enough to pop in.’
The accounts employee said he could find no invoice or payment for that amount on Mr O’Keeffe’s account.
He told the MoS: ‘I don’t see that on the account, €737.53... there’s no amount of €737.53.’
In order to double check that no mistake was being made, a second phone call to the accounts department confirmed that the work done could not have been paid for without appearing on the accounts system.
The employee was clear. ‘Irrespective of if it be upstairs or downstairs it would still be on here... It would have to go on the account, it would be in the bank and the bank would reconcile it. It would have to go somewhere. All payments are on the account.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1321241/FF-TDs-bogus-phone-claims-Former-minister-recevied-expenses-foot-irregular-receipts.html

FF TD's bogus phone claims: Former minister recevied expenses on foot of three irregular receipts


A senior Fianna Fáil TD has claimed mobile phone expenses using bogus invoices, the Irish Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Former junior minister Ned O’Keeffe submitted three invoiced claims totalling €2,237.53 between 2006 and 2009.
However none of the receipts filed under the TD Direct Purchase Scheme feature an invoice number, all appear to have the wrong VAT rate – and the garage’s own accounts department say that the Cork TD’s account shows no record of a transaction in September 2009 for which he claimed €737 from the Oireachtas.
However our investigation has revealed that:
None of the receipts displays an invoice number, even though the company’s accounts department has confirmed in all cases there should be such a number.
The invoices use an incorrect VAT rate for goods and labour.
One of the receipts bills €300 in labour charges, even though no labour is required to install the Bluetooth kit described.
Just one of the invoices displays the firm’s VAT number.
The garage’s own accounts department told an undercover MoS reporter that Mr O’Keeffe’s account with the firm shows no record of a transaction for €737 in September 2009 – even though that is what is claimed on one of his invoices.
I actually would have thought the 2/3rd rule applied in this case, guess you learn something new every day.
 
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I'd be taking assurances regarding accounts from motor dealers and phone fitters with a pinch of salt.
It doesn't say much for the way they treat their customers that they discuss details of their accounts with third parties.
And if that defines their moral compass, what faith do you have in their revelations?
 

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Are journalists allowed to pretend to be someone else? I didn't think they were. Pretty shocking stuff.
 

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Tánaiste's brother paid ¿10,000 of taxpayers' cash for supplying mobile phones to 12 Fianna Fáil members | Mail Online

A telecommunications firm owned by the Tánaiste’s brother has been paid almost €10,000 of taxpayers’ money for providing phones to Fianna Fáil members.
Millennium Communications, based in Kilmainham, Co. Dublin, was paid the cash since 2003 thanks to a cosy arrangement whereby Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators use their generous mobile phones allowance there.
The firm run by Kevin Coughlan, Mary Coughlan’s 42-year-old brother, also holds the contract to supply mobile phones to party staff.
I'm sure its all above board.

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/tanaistes-brother-earns-euro15000-in-td-phone-sales-2383028.html

Indo mentions €15,000

Isn't it time that TDs Senators and the like were simply issued phones from government central purchasing - I'm sure that the government and its associated agencies and hangers-on are among the biggest users of mobile phone services in the state, and must? have negotiated preferential rates and discounts when they go to tender...

But then joined up thinking is as difficult as joined up writing for some.
 
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I'd be taking assurances regarding accounts from motor dealers and phone fitters with a pinch of salt.
It doesn't say much for the way they treat their customers that they discuss details of their accounts with third parties.
And if that defines their moral compass, what faith do you have in their revelations?
Moral issues you say? What moral issues do the politicians have apart from money grabbing? I take all politicians waffle with copious amounts of salt.
 

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One of two things must happen today if we are to avoid another Callely style game of hide and seek. Either O'Keeffe must make a plausible statement on these allegations or Cowen must make a statment demanding O'Keeffe respond to the allegations. If O'Keeffe fails to do so he must be suspended from the FF PP while an investigation takes place. I understand Cowen's majority is teetering on the brink but the Taoiseach must put Country before Party.

I think Cowen is due to speak at Bodenstown this afternoon. He should be asked to comment on this story.
 
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And Ned O Keeffe of Úna gan gúnna fame, describes himself as a traditional no nonsense FF old style Republican. And of course he kept it in the family- going to brother of scary Mary for his business.
 

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If Cowen has any understanding of the mood of the country he should suspend O'Keeffe and call in the Gardai
 

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And Ned O Keeffe of Úna gan gúnna fame, describes himself as a traditional no nonsense FF old style Republican. And of course he kept it in the family- going to brother of scary Mary for his business.
Tell us more
 

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I understand Cowen's majority is teetering on the brink but the Taoiseach must put Country before Party.
:lol::lol::lol:
very good.

more theiving from FFers - what a suprise .... NOT.

so the MOS is doing more uncovering , yet again our local rags being shown how to do their jobs.
shameful lads , shameful - the "jounalists" in this pigsty are as bad as the "police" here.
 

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The owner of the garage was a very stupid person making this comment...

Asked why Mr O’Keeffe’s invoices had no numbers, he said he could produce hundreds of invoices to other customers that did not have numbers.
Sure he might as well have written to the Revenue commissioners saying "Please Audit me!" Bet his accountant is cringing this morning when he read this.
 

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Úna gan gúna episode was an incident with Ned involving Una Claffey then of RTE ( later Bertie adviser) sunday early morning sensibilities prevent me going into details, but Ned apologised and got absolution from FF
 

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The owner of the garage was a very stupid person making this comment...



Sure he might as well have written to the Revenue commissioners saying "Please Audit me!" Bet his accountant is cringing this morning when he read this.

looks like the old 'pick me up' invoicing system that we were told was now outlawed is still working fine !!

The Revenue should swoop on this business and also audit the business of 'Sweary Mary's' brother to get another few bob to fund the banks
 

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Wonder will the broadcasting media run with this like they did Calley
 

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O'Keeffe sounds like he's old school FF alright , as in Haughey, Bertie , Callelly , Burke , Lawlor ..... I haven't any more time , Sunday roast to be attended to.
 

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Well, it looks like all TD's should be looking over their shoulder. It seems that the MoS have exposed yet another member of our fine Government for alleged false invoices. (2 separate articles)

The ¿2k invoices that don't add up: TD and garage defend the receipts with no numbers... and wrong VAT date | Mail Online


The Cork TD had purchased three different car-phone kits between 2004 and 2009, and on the most recent invoice, for one such hands-free kit, the bill came to €737.53.
The cost of the work to install a Bluetooth cradle, at €330, was more than the cost of the equipment itself at €319.81.
Curious, the Irish Mail on Sunday contacted O’Keeffe’s car dealership, TR Motors, on Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin.
A reporter posed as a customer interested in buying a Bluetooth kit for a Mercedes car.
Asked if there would be labour costs to install such a system, an employee said: ‘No, no, it would be quick enough to pop in.
I'd disagree with the Mail on one thing, the invoices actually add up perfectly. The Dáil allowance is €750 every 18 months. So if you're getting 3 kits in a 5 year period, that brings you nicely under the Dail rules.

There seems to be a pattern emerging within FF when you look at what's been paid by 3 of their members now. MJ Nolan doing exactly the same thing, spending €1500 in 3 years on them here:

 

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I'd disagree with the Mail on one thing, the invoices actually add up perfectly. The Dáil allowance is €750 every 18 months. So if you're getting 3 kits in a 5 year period, that brings you nicely under the Dail rules.

They sure know how to keep within the limits. As Mark Fielding says in the times "if some people were to use the maximum as a target rather then a limit, that is abuse". €750 includes a premium of €250 for insurance. Now I don't have insurance on my phone and am not familiar with the scheme available but I thought that insurance is paid monthly on the bill. So this is being paid on the double, the element that is being paid to the TD's is a cost not incurred by them. Is there a way to pay insurance as a lump sum?

I didn't take the "add" in their headline entirely as mathematical add.
 
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