Hugh ‘Loads Of Money’ McElvaney called to resign by Monaghan County Council

Hugh McElvaney
Hugh McElvaney

Disgraced councillor Hugh McElvaney has been called upon to step down by Monaghan County Council.

McElvaney was caught on film looking for a £10,000 cash payment in exchange for helping to secure planning permission for wind farms.

The former Fine Gael county councillor (66) was one of three politicians featured in a RTÉ corruption sting last week, which investigated the non-disclosure of politicians’ interests.

The 66-year-old claims that he was the victim of a “dirty tricks campaign” by RTÉ and said that he had played along with the string because he wanted "the opportunity of showing RTÉ up, our State broadcaster, for what they are".

The disgraced councillor claims to be worth more than €10,000,000 and has a number of business interests outside politics.

His ethics register filing from last February omitted to mention a pub that he owns and a plot of agricultural land.

However, he did record his directorship of Exomex Ltd, the company that owns McElvaney's Waste and Recycling.

Mr McElvaney has a half share in the firm, which provides household waste disposal services.

The councillor had a previous brush with controversy in 1996 when he apologised over "an incident" on an Aer Lingus flight to Boston.

It was reported at the time that he was abusive to staff and upset passengers after he was refused a drink.