Demand for Callely to explain if he left scene of accident

CONTROVERSIAL senator Ivor Callely is facing demands from opposition TDs to explain his apparent departure from the scene of a marine accident in which it is alleged his yacht inflicted an estimated €40,000 of damage on two vessels in Baltimore, Co Cork.

The incident occurred on July 10 and involved Mr Callely’s motor yacht, Serendipity II, and a yacht and an inflatable RIB owned by Baltimore locals.

Last night, a source close to one of the damaged boats’ owners confirmed they had yet to receive any compensation from Mr Callely or his insurers. They and are now considering taking legal action.

It is alleged the former junior minister only accepted full responsibility for the incident after being tracked to Sherkin Island by gardaí hours after leaving Baltimore Marina.

However Mr Callely last night told the Irish Examiner he was unable to comment on the specifics of what happened beyond confirming an incident had occurred, saying “the matter has been reported to the insurance company and my insurers are dealing with it through normal procedures”.

But last night Independent TD Finian McGrath said: “It would be totally unacceptable if it is confirmed that a member of the Oireachtas left the scene of a serious incident. I would have major concerns about such an action, particularly in the current climate where people are demanding clear standards from elected representatives.”

Mr Callely was the source of controversy earlier this month when it emerged he had claimed the second highest expenses of any Dublin senator, amounting to over €90,000 received since 2007.

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