Councillor who told undercover reporter he wanted £10,000 for planning permission is re-elected #IRL

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A councillor who was filmed asking an undercover RTÉ reporter for £10,000 in exchange for securing planning permission for wind farms has been re-elected. Hugh McElvaney, a former Fine Gael representative, was re-elected to Monaghan County Council as an independent and told RTÉ to “go back in the swamp”. Speaking after his win, Mr McElvaney hit out at the broadcaster over its 2015 investigations programme. “A monkey was tied around my back with the visit of RTÉ in 2015,” he . . .

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