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# excise
Paschal Donohoe begins transfer of Diageo shares into wife’s name ahead of Budget
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
The Standards in Public Office Commission gave the details in its annual report, published today.
# stocks and shares
Donohoe defends his share-holdings in drinks company Diageo
Three ministers were asked about their share-holdings during a press conference today.
# Travel Expenses
Family Support Agency board member overclaimed €40k in expenses
“Obviously, in hindsight, it was wrong, there is no question about that,” Richard Hickey said.
# George Soros
Abortion Rights Campaign gives back €23,000 US donation
The $24,999 was donated by US billionaire George Soros’ Open Societies Foundation.
# Donegal County Council
It has cost over €360,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims
Sipo has ruled that Brian Ó Domhnaill contravened ethics legislation, something he has strongly denied.
# share and like
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil spent thousands of euro targeting voters with Facebook ads
Both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael targeted voters through social media during the general election
# Your Say
Poll: Should election posters be scrapped?
Political parties spent over €416,000 on them last year.
Irish political parties spent over €416k on election posters last year
Fianna Fáil spent over €145,891 on election posters in the last general election.
# oversight
'I forgot to give them a receipt': James Reilly referred to gardaí by Sipo over €1k election donation
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
The disputed expense claims date back to 2006 and 2007, when Brian Ó Domhnaill was a member of Donegal County Council.
# project eagle
Nama lodges complaint to Sipo after BBC Spotlight revelations
This comes after a BBC Spotlight investigation which cast doubt over the motives of one of their advisers.
# Donegal County Council
It has cost almost €300k to investigate this senator's €2k expense claims
Legal and translation fees connected with the case have added up to a significant amount.
# Poll Position
Fine Gael spent €200,000 of their state funding on polling last year
They also got donations of €98,000.
# the real thing
When it comes to lobbying public officials, being called Bono may be a help
The U2 frontman’s name is just one of many thousands of returns made to the new Irish lobbying authority in the last year.
# the road to donegal
A missed opportunity for Guinness and oysters that got lost in translation
The public hearing into the alleged duplication of expenses by a Fianna Fáil senator was finally held yesterday.
# Donegal County Council
Fianna Fáil senator says he filed expense claims "as honestly as he could"
Brian Ó Domhnaill claimed expenses for attending events in different locations on the same days.
# Election 2016
Here's how Micheál Martin justifies his €30k salary top-up
The Irish Independent says this places his salary at €117,258.
Elected officials need to know there are consequences to corruption
Corruption is a health risk to our democracy, writes Nuala Haughey.
# revelations
Councillor resigns from Fianna Fáil following 'shocking' RTÉ Investigates programme
“Some of the behaviour displayed in tonight’s programme was shocking and completely unacceptable.”
# rté investigates
Senator distances herself from 'a huge story of corruption and fraud'
“This scandal about councillors seeking out bribes has absolutely nothing to do with me.”
# Longford
County manager investigated over house sale accusations
The council at the time claimed that it was not involved in the identification of the property.
# By-election
Renua spent nearly €30k trying (and failing) to get this man elected
SIPO has released details of expenditure in the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election.
# spare a fiver
A LOT more money is donated to the Socialists than Sinn Féin or Fianna Fáil
It could be linked to the anti-water charge movement.
# Show Me The Money
Two TDs reported to gardaí after failing to disclose political donations on time
It was all cleared up a few days later…
# Expenses
File sent to DPP over Donegal councillor's expenses
Former councillor Dessie Larkin claimed he was at two meetings at the one time.
Fianna Fáil spends the most on two by-elections - but fails to nab a seat
Its members spent the most in the Dublin West and Longford Westmeath by-elections, the Standards in Public Office Commission said.
# Prime Numbers
Guinness, Facebook, and drink driving: The week in numbers
Plus: How many flights went in and out of Ireland’s airports last year?
# Garda Investigation
An 'administrative error' was the reason why a Fine Gael branch in Mayo didn't file its accounts
The party has responded to news that the gardaí can’t find the person responsible for the accounts of a branch in Enda Kenny’s constituency.
# Missing
Gardaí can't find person responsible for Fine Gael's accounts in a branch in Enda Kenny's constituency
The Standards in Public Office (SIPO) Commision says the matter remains with the gardaí.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
Everyone’s talking about Obama considering hitting Iraq, Russia’s ban on EU food, and Denis O’Brien…
Here's what happened when Mick Wallace and Ming complained about Alan Shatter
SIPO received complaints about the former justice minister from the two outspoken politicians.
# big drop
Why did the political ethics watchdog get 427 complaints in 2012, but just 29 last year?
A certain Tipperary North politician…
# paid with thanks
Which political parties received the biggest donations last year?
Note: Labour and Fianna Fáil aren’t in the running.
# Get smart fast
Here's what you need to know about Brendan Howlin's new lobbying law
A Bill published by Brendan Howlin will essentially deal with: ‘Who is contacting whom and about what’.
# Donegal
Councillor claimed expenses "recklessly" and "did not act in good faith"
Donegal councillor Pádraig Doherty contravened sections of the Local Government Act and the Code of Conduct for councillors.
# Dear Leaders
Party leaders received €7.5 million in State funding last year
Six party leaders split the pot, but not evenly.
# Trust Funds
Political parties received €5.5 million in State funding last year
And here’s how they spent it.
# inappropriate use
Politicians warned not to use pre-paid Oireachtas envelopes for electoral purposes
If a candidate uses the envelopes inappropriately it’s regarded as an election expense and must be accounted for.