Fine Gael Minister confirms complaint filed with Gardaí against political blogger


Regina Doherty

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FINE GAEL Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty confirmed this evening that a complaint has been filed with Gardaí about a political scholar and blogger who recently wrote an article on Doherty’s financial history.

Writing on Jude Collins’ blog, Tyrone-born scholar Catherine Kelly said she was recently approached by gardaí from Pearse Street Garda station who, after confirming her identity and username on Twitter, warned her against her social media posts and online articles referring to Regina Doherty.

An article that allegedly caused the complaint was published online earlier this year and dealt with the liquidation of a business run by Doherty and her husband in 2013.

Contacted about this this evening, a spokesperson for Doherty confirmed that a complaint had been filed with gardaí.

“A complaint has been lodged with Garda, but it would be inappropriate to comment as Garda investigations (are ongoing) and a Garda investigation is ongoing,” the spokesperson said.

Anyone has the right to lodge a complaint with the gardaí if they believe they are being subjected to illegal activity.

A Garda spokesperson said that “An Garda Síochána does not comment on outstanding cases involving appointees,” when asked specifically if a complaint had been filed against Kelly by Minister Doherty.

The liquidation of his company, which bought and sold surplus computer components, in January 2013 saw the company close its doors with an outstanding amount of € 280,000.

The company went out of business at the height of the recession in 2009.

In May 2016, Doherty described the circumstances surrounding the liquidation in an interview with RTÉ, and reiterated that she had not “broken the law”.

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She said that she and her husband took out a loan to pay off AIB which “will probably take me the rest of my life to pay off and that’s cool because I’m lucky to be able to do it and to pay it back. ‘other debts were written off during the liquidation’.

“I didn’t hide anything, I’m neither happy nor proud of what happened,” she said.

I’m not a bad person, I’ve had tough times in business and learned more than anything else.

Doherty, 46, was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2011 and became Chief Government Whip following her re-election in the February 2016 general election.

She succeeded Leo Varadkar as Minister of Social Protection when the first rose to Taoiseach last month.

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