‘RTÉ tried to stitch me up too’ – Kilduff

Kilduff ‘approached by undercover reporter’

Cllr. Paddy Kilduff has said that RTÉ unsuccessfully tried to stitch him up for their investigation programme on politicial lobbying.

  As part of Monday’s night RTÉ Investigates: Standards in Public Office, the broadcaster established a fake windfarm company and approached a number of councillors.

  Monaghan councillor Hugh McElvaney was filmed demanded sterling for help with planning issues, but claimed he knew he was being stitched up.

  Sligo-based councillor Joe Queenan was shown offering to act as an intermediaty for a company in return for an investment in an agricultural business he was planning. He resigned from Fianna Fáil on Monday night.

  There have also been calls for Douncillor Joe O’Donnell (Independent) to resign his seat on Donegal County Council after he was recorded asking for money to help with a windfarm development.

  Cllr. Kilduff, who represents the Athlone Municipal District, said that he, too, was contacted by an undercover RTÉ reporter about the matter.

  “They tried to stich me up as regards influence on planning as regards a wind farm in Roscommon, the same as McElvaney,” said the well-known Fianna Fáil man.

  “The reporter was seeking a man with influence to help ensure a planning application got over the line in Roscommon County Council in the same manner as outlined in the RTE Investigates programme.

  “The reporter confirmed that the consortium had a lot of money to invest in their proposed venture.”

  However, Cllr. Kilduff said that he told the fake business person that it would be “completely inappropriate” for him to try to influence the outcome of a planning decision.

  “The undercover reporter quickly lost interest in me after that,” he said.