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Two TDs reported to gardaí after failing to disclose political donations on time
# Show Me The Money
# Show Me The Money

Two TDs reported to gardaí after failing to disclose political donations on time

Mar 24th 2015, 4:42 PM 16,946 Views 42 Comments

It was all cleared up a few days later…

File sent to DPP over Donegal councillor's expenses
# Expenses
# Expenses

File sent to DPP over Donegal councillor's expenses

Dec 19th 2014, 11:58 AM 9,846 Views 0 Comments

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
# SIPO
# SIPO

Fianna Fáil spends the most on two by-elections - but fails to nab a seat

Sep 15th 2014, 8:09 PM 6,781 Views 17 Comments

Its members spent the most in the Dublin West and Longford Westmeath by-elections, the Standards in Public Office Commission said.

Guinness, Facebook, and drink driving: The week in numbers
# Prime Numbers
# Prime Numbers

Guinness, Facebook, and drink driving: The week in numbers

Aug 9th 2014, 7:30 PM 12,812 Views 3 Comments

Plus: How many flights went in and out of Ireland’s airports last year?

An 'administrative error' was the reason why a Fine Gael branch in Mayo didn't file its accounts
# Garda Investigation
# Garda Investigation

An 'administrative error' was the reason why a Fine Gael branch in Mayo didn't file its accounts

Aug 8th 2014, 5:17 PM 10,962 Views 62 Comments

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.

Gardaí can't find person responsible for Fine Gael's accounts in a branch in Enda Kenny's constituency
# Missing
# Missing

Gardaí can't find person responsible for Fine Gael's accounts in a branch in Enda Kenny's constituency

Aug 8th 2014, 6:30 AM 18,806 Views 32 Comments

The Standards in Public Office (SIPO) Commision says the matter remains with the gardaí.

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
# News Fix
# News Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Aug 7th 2014, 11:05 PM 14,134 Views 6 Comments

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
# SIPO

Here's what happened when Mick Wallace and Ming complained about Alan Shatter

Aug 7th 2014, 4:06 PM 25,991 Views 102 Comments

SIPO received complaints about the former justice minister from the two outspoken politicians.

Why did the political ethics watchdog get 427 complaints in 2012, but just 29 last year?
# Big Drop
# Big Drop

Why did the political ethics watchdog get 427 complaints in 2012, but just 29 last year?

Aug 7th 2014, 12:42 PM 9,446 Views 20 Comments

A certain Tipperary North politician…

Which political parties received the biggest donations last year?
# Paid With Thanks
# Paid With Thanks

Which political parties received the biggest donations last year?

Jul 3rd 2014, 2:45 PM 11,197 Views 59 Comments

Note: Labour and Fianna Fáil aren’t in the running.

Here's what you need to know about Brendan Howlin's new lobbying law
# Get Smart Fast
# Get Smart Fast

Here's what you need to know about Brendan Howlin's new lobbying law

Jun 20th 2014, 4:50 PM 5,750 Views 12 Comments

A Bill published by Brendan Howlin will essentially deal with: ‘Who is contacting whom and about what’.

Councillor claimed expenses "recklessly" and "did not act in good faith"
# Donegal
# Donegal

Councillor claimed expenses "recklessly" and "did not act in good faith"

Jun 17th 2014, 11:33 AM 6,474 Views 23 Comments

Donegal councillor Pádraig Doherty contravened sections of the Local Government Act and the Code of Conduct for councillors.

Party leaders received €7.5 million in State funding last year
# Dear Leaders
# Dear Leaders

Party leaders received €7.5 million in State funding last year

May 19th 2014, 5:58 PM 8,132 Views 39 Comments

Six party leaders split the pot, but not evenly.

Political parties received €5.5 million in State funding last year
# Trust Funds
# Trust Funds

Political parties received €5.5 million in State funding last year

May 19th 2014, 5:52 PM 4,617 Views 19 Comments

And here’s how they spent it.

Politicians warned not to use pre-paid Oireachtas envelopes for electoral purposes
# Inappropriate Use
# Inappropriate Use

Politicians warned not to use pre-paid Oireachtas envelopes for electoral purposes

May 13th 2014, 6:14 PM 9,825 Views 54 Comments

If a candidate uses the envelopes inappropriately it’s regarded as an election expense and must be accounted for.

Less than half of political parties accounting units have made their donation returns
# Disclosure
# Disclosure

Less than half of political parties accounting units have made their donation returns

Mar 25th 2014, 7:41 PM 5,810 Views 14 Comments

The Commission plans to name and shame the political party accounting units that fail to submit their return on time.

Hogan demands Martin apologise and withdraw "gerrymandering" allegations
# Gerrymandering
# Gerrymandering

Hogan demands Martin apologise and withdraw "gerrymandering" allegations

Mar 23rd 2014, 2:47 PM 9,009 Views 90 Comments

He said he was appalled at accusations he was involved in “gerrymandering” over the boundaries for the local elections.

One person received 70 per cent of all big political donations last year
# Money Money Money
# Money Money Money

One person received 70 per cent of all big political donations last year

Feb 28th 2014, 2:46 PM 23,641 Views 44 Comments

Meanwhile, fourteen elected representatives didn’t declare their donation statements and may now face prosecution.

Ex-Fine Gael minister and former judge to be appointed to political standards watchdog
# SIPO
# SIPO

Ex-Fine Gael minister and former judge to be appointed to political standards watchdog

Jan 14th 2014, 8:45 PM 14,564 Views 74 Comments

Under legislation giving effect to SIPO, the two appointments are required to be a former judge and a former politician and will need the approval of both the Dáil and Seanad.

Political standards watchdog cannot fulfill duties because of appointments delay
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Political standards watchdog cannot fulfill duties because of appointments delay

Dec 22nd 2013, 2:45 PM 5,345 Views 10 Comments

SIPO is also in the middle of a disagreement with Minister Hogan about proposed accounting reforms for political parties.

Lowry, emigration and Arthur's Day: The week in numbers
# In Numbers
# In Numbers

Lowry, emigration and Arthur's Day: The week in numbers

Sep 28th 2013, 7:30 PM 5,856 Views 1 Comment

Plus: How many €50 notes were discovered in developer Tom McFeely’s former home on Ailesbury Road?

Ethics watchdog drops investigation into Michael Lowry
# Wigan
# Wigan

Ethics watchdog drops investigation into Michael Lowry

Sep 26th 2013, 5:44 PM 7,002 Views 56 Comments

Almost 400 complaints had been received about the TD’s business dealings in Wigan.

Ethics watchdog received nearly 400 complaints over Michael Lowry last year
# SIPO
# SIPO

Ethics watchdog received nearly 400 complaints over Michael Lowry last year

Jul 23rd 2013, 5:48 PM 7,987 Views 32 Comments

The complaints concerned alleged contraventions of the Ethics Acts by Lowry with regards to his ownership of lands in Wigan in the northwest of England.

By-election candidate referred to gardaí over election expenses
# Meath East
# Meath East

By-election candidate referred to gardaí over election expenses

Jun 19th 2013, 11:30 AM 11,921 Views 58 Comments

Ben Gilroy failed to file documentation related to his donations and expenses during the Meath East by-election but will qualify for reimbursement of expenses once he does.

SIPO investigation into FF senator’s council expenses postponed
# Watchdog
# Watchdog

SIPO investigation into FF senator’s council expenses postponed

Jun 6th 2013, 9:39 PM 7,569 Views 68 Comments

SIPO has postponed indefinitely an investigation into allegations over Brian Ó Domhnaill’s expenses while on Donegal County Council.

Ethics watchdog to hold public hearing into FF senator's council expenses
# Ethics
# Ethics

Ethics watchdog to hold public hearing into FF senator's council expenses

May 30th 2013, 8:51 PM 10,015 Views 25 Comments

SIPO has been investigating allegations over Brian Ó Domhnaill’s expenses while on Donegal County Council since last year.

Enda Kenny visits Greece and J Edgar Shatter fights dirty: The week's news skewed
# Not The News
# Not The News

Enda Kenny visits Greece and J Edgar Shatter fights dirty: The week's news skewed

May 25th 2013, 10:00 AM 4,933 Views 5 Comments

Breaking via The Mire wire: Dáil beauty pageant causes tensions, Taoiseach and Greek PM hold shortest discussions ever, and laughter at SIPO

Column: Lobbying has become 'a dirty word'. We want to change that
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Lobbying has become 'a dirty word'. We want to change that

May 3rd 2013, 7:00 AM 135 Views 40 Comments

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, explains the reasoning behind the government’s new plans to regulate lobbying and restore public faith in a vital activity.

Former politicians will face temporary ban on lobbying under new rules
# Transparency
# Transparency

Former politicians will face temporary ban on lobbying under new rules

Apr 30th 2013, 2:12 PM 3,366 Views 11 Comments

Proposals approved by ministers will enforce a legal “cooling-off” period for former office holders going into lobbying.

11 Irish political parties disclose donations of only €33,606 for 2012
# Donations
# Donations

11 Irish political parties disclose donations of only €33,606 for 2012

Apr 25th 2013, 10:28 AM 7,244 Views 56 Comments

Parties are only required to disclose donations worth over €5,078.95 – but only three parties disclosed any donations at all.

239 politicians disclose total of €3,800 donations in 2012
# Donations
# Donations

239 politicians disclose total of €3,800 donations in 2012

Feb 15th 2013, 5:17 PM 6,285 Views 14 Comments

TDs, Senators and MEPs are only legally required to disclose donations if a single donor gives more than €634.87.

Noonan rejects Moriarty recommendation on tax relief for political donations
# Political Donations
# Political Donations

Noonan rejects Moriarty recommendation on tax relief for political donations

Jan 5th 2013, 8:45 AM 6,330 Views 11 Comments

The finance minister says lower limits on the amount individuals can donate will limit the impact that high earners can have.

14 TDs could face sanction for not declaring council pay-offs
# Severance
# Severance

14 TDs could face sanction for not declaring council pay-offs

Oct 30th 2012, 6:30 AM 7,957 Views 52 Comments

The Dáil’s committee on members interests says TDs failed to honour their obligations by leaving their former council jobs out of their annual Register of Members’ Interests.

Dáil committee to discuss whether TDs are in breach of ethics laws
# Ethics
# Ethics

Dáil committee to discuss whether TDs are in breach of ethics laws

Sep 12th 2012, 6:45 AM 4,418 Views 27 Comments

The public ethics watchdog believes TDs should declare council positions if they receive a severance pay-off – but of 22 TDs and Senators, only four did so.

86 per cent of Irish people believe corruption is a major problem
# Standards
# Standards

86 per cent of Irish people believe corruption is a major problem

Jul 21st 2012, 6:49 PM 5,766 Views 52 Comments

Some 36 per cent of respondents said they believed they were personally affected by corruption in their daily lives, according to the latest report by the Standards in Public Office Commission.

Column: Remember how SIPO went after politicians for fiddling their expenses? Me neither
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Remember how SIPO went after politicians for fiddling their expenses? Me neither

Jun 2nd 2012, 8:03 AM 30 Views 18 Comments

There were two elections and two referendums last year – and yet, political parties received just €31k in donations. What’s going on, asks Aaron McKenna.

Parties got €12.6m from State and €31k in donations in 2011
# Political Currency
# Political Currency

Parties got €12.6m from State and €31k in donations in 2011

May 29th 2012, 7:15 PM 1,852 Views 12 Comments

The Standards in Public Office Commission has released new data this evening on how much the State gave political parties and how much parties received in disclosed donations.

The Daily Fix: Friday
# Daily Fix
# Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Friday

May 25th 2012, 8:04 PM 3,273 Views 0 Comments

Your essential evening round-up of the day’s biggest news, plus the bits and pieces you may have missed.

No proof of tax clearance provided by Fine Gael senator
# SIPO
# SIPO

No proof of tax clearance provided by Fine Gael senator

May 25th 2012, 6:40 PM 4,391 Views 8 Comments

Fine Gael has said it is treating Senator Pat O’Neill’s failure to provide tax clearance “with the utmost seriousness”.