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Consultants at Cork and Galway hospitals failed to provide evidence of tax compliance
# SIPO
# SIPO

Consultants at Cork and Galway hospitals failed to provide evidence of tax compliance

Mar 22nd 2019, 2:24 PM 24,683 Views 0 Comments

Sipo investigated the doctors after they missed a deadline by which they had to reply.

New code of conduct for lobbyists comes into effect today
# Transparency
# Transparency

New code of conduct for lobbyists comes into effect today

Jan 1st 2019, 7:00 AM 7,153 Views 10 Comments

The goal is for lobbying to be carried out in an ethical and transparent manner.

Future Irish elections and referendums will be overseen by a new Electoral Commission
# A Long Time Coming
# A Long Time Coming

Future Irish elections and referendums will be overseen by a new Electoral Commission

Dec 27th 2018, 7:30 AM 6,766 Views 22 Comments

A public consultation on what structure and responsibilities the Commission will have has been launched today.

Land zoning: Watchdog makes findings against two Mayo councillors over conduct
# Mayo
# Mayo

Land zoning: Watchdog makes findings against two Mayo councillors over conduct

Dec 13th 2018, 3:11 PM 15,734 Views 9 Comments

Sipo found that both Frank Durcan and Cyril Burke contravened the code of conduct for elected representatives.

SIPO renews call for rethink on political party funding rules
# Money Money Money
# Money Money Money

SIPO renews call for rethink on political party funding rules

Oct 30th 2018, 3:08 PM 6,166 Views 6 Comments

The Standards in Public Office Commission is tasked with ensuring all parties are in compliance with funding rules.

'I want to succeed Michael D, not replace him': Sean Gallagher formally launches presidential campaign
# Aras18
# Aras18

'I want to succeed Michael D, not replace him': Sean Gallagher formally launches presidential campaign

Oct 12th 2018, 1:02 PM 15,399 Views 85 Comments

Gallagher has committed to introduce 20 ‘special initiatives’ in his first 20 weeks in office if he is elected.

Investigation into councillor who asked for 'loads of money' won't hear from undercover RTÉ reporter
# Hugh Mcelvaney
# Hugh Mcelvaney

Investigation into councillor who asked for 'loads of money' won't hear from undercover RTÉ reporter

Sep 17th 2018, 6:21 PM 38,514 Views 0 Comments

An SIPO hearing into Hugh McElvaney’s alleged breach of the ethics of public office heard the reporter was “no doubt attractive”.

Sipo's order that Amnesty should return €137,000 grant is quashed after High Court appeal
# Funding
# Funding

Sipo's order that Amnesty should return €137,000 grant is quashed after High Court appeal

Jul 31st 2018, 12:47 PM 20,624 Views 73 Comments

The donation was for Amnesty’s ‘My Body, My Rights’ campaign which sought a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

Watchdog still in talks with gardaí over members' compliance with ethics laws
# Garda College
# Garda College

Watchdog still in talks with gardaí over members' compliance with ethics laws

Jul 28th 2018, 8:30 AM 9,370 Views 16 Comments

SIPO is to develop ‘standards of best practice’ for public bodies to ensure they communicate to employees about disclosing their interests.

Gap in law means watchdog can't probe complaints after a TD has left office
# Complaints
# Complaints

Gap in law means watchdog can't probe complaints after a TD has left office

Jul 27th 2018, 6:20 AM 11,367 Views 26 Comments

SIPO wants the law changed so it has the power to investigate complaints which come to light after a politician has left office.

Watchdog fears foreign ads could influence Irish referendums and elections
# Foreign Ads
# Foreign Ads

Watchdog fears foreign ads could influence Irish referendums and elections

Jul 26th 2018, 1:33 PM 5,622 Views 32 Comments

The Standards in Public Office said it is concerned about political interference from organisations outside of Ireland.

Dáil parties got €7.63m in expenses last year - with Fianna Fáil taking the biggest slice
# Political Parties
# Political Parties

Dáil parties got €7.63m in expenses last year - with Fianna Fáil taking the biggest slice

Jul 12th 2018, 2:43 PM 15,115 Views 48 Comments

Sipo has released details of expenses for 2017.

Five officials sought 'cooling-off period' waivers before taking up lobbying jobs
# Transparency
# Transparency

Five officials sought 'cooling-off period' waivers before taking up lobbying jobs

Jun 28th 2018, 2:03 PM 12,201 Views 15 Comments

The purpose of a ‘cooling-off’ period is to prevent the use of insider information.

The number of large donations made to politicians fell dramatically last year
# Donations
# Donations

The number of large donations made to politicians fell dramatically last year

Apr 11th 2018, 4:30 PM 7,357 Views 30 Comments

Just €6,360 in large donations was given to TDs, senators and MEPs last year.

Amnesty boss says watchdog's grant decision could prove 'catastrophic'
# Eighth Amendment
# Eighth Amendment

Amnesty boss says watchdog's grant decision could prove 'catastrophic'

Feb 4th 2018, 12:05 AM 29,271 Views 80 Comments

The organisation is seeking legal advice about an ongoing dispute over a €137,000 grant it received.

Nearly half of Ireland's political parties failed to submit accounts to watchdog
# Standards In Public Office
# Standards In Public Office

Nearly half of Ireland's political parties failed to submit accounts to watchdog

Nov 29th 2017, 6:04 PM 10,850 Views 13 Comments

Six parties failed to submit any accounts at all.

Paschal Donohoe begins transfer of Diageo shares into wife’s name ahead of Budget
# Excise
# Excise

Paschal Donohoe begins transfer of Diageo shares into wife’s name ahead of Budget

Sep 25th 2017, 9:58 AM 80,032 Views 156 Comments

The shares are being transferred in a bid to avoid any potential conflict ahead of next month’s Budget.

Watchdog sent 90 files to gardaí over possible election offences
# SIPO
# SIPO

Watchdog sent 90 files to gardaí over possible election offences

Jul 21st 2017, 6:22 PM 8,118 Views 11 Comments

The Standards in Public Office Commission gave the details in its annual report, published today.

Donohoe defends his share-holdings in drinks company Diageo
# Stocks And Shares
# Stocks And Shares

Donohoe defends his share-holdings in drinks company Diageo

Jul 14th 2017, 8:00 PM 25,420 Views 48 Comments

Three ministers were asked about their share-holdings during a press conference today.

Family Support Agency board member overclaimed €40k in expenses
# Travel Expenses
# Travel Expenses

Family Support Agency board member overclaimed €40k in expenses

Apr 20th 2017, 3:53 PM 15,580 Views 0 Comments

“Obviously, in hindsight, it was wrong, there is no question about that,” Richard Hickey said.

Abortion Rights Campaign gives back €23,000 US donation
# George Soros
# George Soros

Abortion Rights Campaign gives back €23,000 US donation

Apr 1st 2017, 7:05 AM 15,304 Views 96 Comments

The $24,999 was donated by US billionaire George Soros’ Open Societies Foundation.

It has cost over €360,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims
# Donegal County Council
# Donegal County Council

It has cost over €360,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims

Jan 22nd 2017, 7:45 AM 22,053 Views 0 Comments

Sipo has ruled that Brian Ó Domhnaill contravened ethics legislation, something he has strongly denied.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil spent thousands of euro targeting voters with Facebook ads
# Share And Like
# Share And Like

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil spent thousands of euro targeting voters with Facebook ads

Jan 14th 2017, 7:35 AM 6,495 Views 36 Comments

Both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael targeted voters through social media during the general election

Poll: Should election posters be scrapped?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should election posters be scrapped?

Jan 13th 2017, 9:15 PM 23,223 Views 67 Comments

Political parties spent over €416,000 on them last year.

Irish political parties spent over €416k on election posters last year
# HEY BIG SPENDERS
# HEY BIG SPENDERS

Irish political parties spent over €416k on election posters last year

Jan 13th 2017, 5:27 PM 7,420 Views 44 Comments

Fianna Fáil spent over €145,891 on election posters in the last general election.

'I forgot to give them a receipt': James Reilly referred to gardaí by Sipo over €1k election donation
# Oversight
# Oversight

'I forgot to give them a receipt': James Reilly referred to gardaí by Sipo over €1k election donation

Jan 13th 2017, 12:32 PM 23,056 Views 75 Comments

Under Sipo rules, the maximum cash donation that may be accepted by a candidate during the general election is €200.

It has cost €350,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims
# SIPO
# SIPO

It has cost €350,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims

Oct 22nd 2016, 6:10 AM 41,274 Views 0 Comments

The disputed expense claims date back to 2006 and 2007, when Brian Ó Domhnaill was a member of Donegal County Council.

Nama lodges complaint to Sipo after BBC Spotlight revelations
# Project Eagle
# Project Eagle

Nama lodges complaint to Sipo after BBC Spotlight revelations

Sep 13th 2016, 12:33 PM 11,216 Views 31 Comments

This comes after a BBC Spotlight investigation which cast doubt over the motives of one of their advisers.

It has cost almost €300k to investigate this senator's €2k expense claims
# Donegal County Council
# Donegal County Council

It has cost almost €300k to investigate this senator's €2k expense claims

Jul 13th 2016, 6:05 AM 44,205 Views 0 Comments

Legal and translation fees connected with the case have added up to a significant amount.

Fine Gael spent €200,000 of their state funding on polling last year
# Poll Position
# Poll Position

Fine Gael spent €200,000 of their state funding on polling last year

Jul 1st 2016, 11:45 AM 6,123 Views 53 Comments

They also got donations of €98,000.

When it comes to lobbying public officials, being called Bono may be a help
# The Real Thing
# The Real Thing

When it comes to lobbying public officials, being called Bono may be a help

Jun 29th 2016, 6:20 AM 14,386 Views 21 Comments

The U2 frontman’s name is just one of many thousands of returns made to the new Irish lobbying authority in the last year.

A missed opportunity for Guinness and oysters that got lost in translation
# The Road To Donegal
# The Road To Donegal

A missed opportunity for Guinness and oysters that got lost in translation

May 10th 2016, 4:15 PM 21,063 Views 0 Comments

The public hearing into the alleged duplication of expenses by a Fianna Fáil senator was finally held yesterday.

Fianna Fáil senator says he filed expense claims "as honestly as he could"
# Donegal County Council
# Donegal County Council

Fianna Fáil senator says he filed expense claims "as honestly as he could"

May 9th 2016, 11:35 AM 24,834 Views 0 Comments

Brian Ó Domhnaill claimed expenses for attending events in different locations on the same days.

Here's how Micheál Martin justifies his €30k salary top-up
# Election 2016
# Election 2016

Here's how Micheál Martin justifies his €30k salary top-up

Jan 16th 2016, 8:13 PM 43,789 Views 93 Comments

The Irish Independent says this places his salary at €117,258.

Elected officials need to know there are consequences to corruption
# Opinion
# Opinion

Elected officials need to know there are consequences to corruption

Dec 9th 2015, 12:00 PM 207 Views 42 Comments

Corruption is a health risk to our democracy, writes Nuala Haughey.

Councillor resigns from Fianna Fáil following 'shocking' RTÉ Investigates programme
# Revelations
# Revelations

Councillor resigns from Fianna Fáil following 'shocking' RTÉ Investigates programme

Dec 7th 2015, 11:34 PM 56,844 Views 210 Comments

“Some of the behaviour displayed in tonight’s programme was shocking and completely unacceptable.”

Senator distances herself from 'a huge story of corruption and fraud'
# Rté Investigates
# Rté Investigates

Senator distances herself from 'a huge story of corruption and fraud'

Dec 7th 2015, 5:27 PM 34,621 Views 92 Comments

“This scandal about councillors seeking out bribes has absolutely nothing to do with me.”

County manager investigated over house sale accusations
# Longford
# Longford

County manager investigated over house sale accusations

Sep 21st 2015, 2:32 PM 28,387 Views 0 Comments

The council at the time claimed that it was not involved in the identification of the property.

Renua spent nearly €30k trying (and failing) to get this man elected
# By-election
# By-election

Renua spent nearly €30k trying (and failing) to get this man elected

Aug 27th 2015, 4:36 PM 17,632 Views 50 Comments

SIPO has released details of expenditure in the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election.

A LOT more money is donated to the Socialists than Sinn Féin or Fianna Fáil
# Spare A Fiver
# Spare A Fiver

A LOT more money is donated to the Socialists than Sinn Féin or Fianna Fáil

Jun 18th 2015, 9:21 AM 16,504 Views 61 Comments

It could be linked to the anti-water charge movement.