Disgraced former TD Ivor Callely attacks media for coverage of him trashing GP’s waiting in Dublin
Ivor Calley was caught red handed when sub-tenant Dr James Dolan installed a hidden camera at his practice on the Howth Road.
Disgraced former politician Ivor Callely who trashed a local doctor’s waiting room has blasted the media coverage for coverage of his case.
The 60-year-old said he was sorry for the incident which landed him an eight month suspended sentence last Friday.
The former junior minister ransacked a GP’s waiting room on seven different occasions.
The Dubliner was caught red handed when sub-tenant Dr James Dolan installed a hidden camera at his practice on the Howth Road in Killester, Dublin 3.
Callely said: “I slipped. I did something I shouldn’t have done. I apologise.”
Disgraced former TD Ivor Callely given eight-month suspended sentence for repeatedly ransacking GP waiting room in harassment campaign
He told the Star: “I’m on all fours and I think a lot of people feel they can kick me.
“But I don’t want to say much in relation to it at all.
He was secretly filmed breaking a saddle board, pouring rubbish, scattering dirt over the floor and on reading material in the doctor’s waiting room, and smearing the wall with tea bags and dust.
The ex-Fianna Fail Minster of State was jailed for five months in 2014 over an expenses scandal.
The doctor has come out to claim the harassment started when tenant Callely got out of prison.
He told the Sunday World: “Basically, it all began when he got out of prison and claimed the electricity bill was higher than it should be.
“I told him if it turned out I owed him money, then I would be happy to pay it.
“But the hall and stairs had been on my circuit board for 30 years so we were probably even. And that’s when the harassment started.”
Clontarf man Callely pleaded guilty to one harassment charge and seven counts of criminal damage on seven dates in May and June last year.
Judge Staunton described his behaviour as “very bizarre” and said he had “listened to the evidence with some incredulity”.
“If it had not been captured on CCTV it would have been very difficult for the court to accept it happened,” he said.