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#SIPO

# sipo - Thursday 7 August, 2014

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 9,432 Views 20 Comments

A certain Tipperary North politician…

# sipo - Thursday 3 July, 2014

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 11,186 Views 59 Comments

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

# sipo - Friday 20 June, 2014

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 5,740 Views 12 Comments

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

# sipo - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

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 6,466 Views 23 Comments

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

# sipo - Monday 19 May, 2014

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 8,122 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 4,606 Views 19 Comments

And here’s how they spent it.

# sipo - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

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 9,819 Views 54 Comments

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

# sipo - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

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 5,807 Views 14 Comments

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

# sipo - Sunday 23 March, 2014

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

Hogan demands Martin apologise and withdraw "gerrymandering" allegations

Mar 23rd 2014, 2:47 PM 9,002 Views 90 Comments

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

# sipo - Friday 28 February, 2014

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 23,630 Views 44 Comments

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

# sipo - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

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 14,510 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.

# sipo - Sunday 22 December, 2013

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 5,333 Views 10 Comments

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

# sipo - Saturday 28 September, 2013

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 5,847 Views 3 Comments

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

# sipo - Thursday 26 September, 2013

Ethics watchdog drops investigation into Michael Lowry
# Wigan
# Wigan

Ethics watchdog drops investigation into Michael Lowry

Sep 26th 2013, 5:44 PM 6,991 Views 56 Comments

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

# sipo - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

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 7,981 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.

# sipo - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

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 11,901 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 - Thursday 6 June, 2013

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 7,565 Views 68 Comments

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

# sipo - Thursday 30 May, 2013

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 10,011 Views 25 Comments

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

# sipo - Saturday 25 May, 2013

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 4,925 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

# sipo - Friday 3 May, 2013

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 120 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.

# sipo - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

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 3,357 Views 11 Comments

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

# sipo - Thursday 25 April, 2013

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 7,237 Views 56 Comments

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

# sipo - Friday 15 February, 2013

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 6,273 Views 14 Comments

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

# sipo - Saturday 5 January, 2013

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 6,316 Views 11 Comments

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

# sipo - Tuesday 30 October, 2012

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 7,943 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.

# sipo - Wednesday 12 September, 2012

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 4,409 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.

# sipo - Saturday 21 July, 2012

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 5,760 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.

# sipo - Saturday 2 June, 2012

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 28 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.

# sipo - Tuesday 29 May, 2012

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 1,842 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.

# sipo - Friday 25 May, 2012

The Daily Fix: Friday
# Daily Fix
# Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Friday

May 25th 2012, 8:04 PM 3,265 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 4,379 Views 8 Comments

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

# sipo - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Ireland's politicians disclose €378,920 in donations for 2011
# Donations
# Donations

Ireland's politicians disclose €378,920 in donations for 2011

Apr 3rd 2012, 5:25 PM 3,167 Views 19 Comments

TDs, Senators and MEPs who served in roles in 2011 are required to disclose donations above €634.87 from one person.

# sipo - Thursday 16 February, 2012

Dublin councillor committed 'minor' breach of ethics guidelines - SIPO
# Investigation
# Investigation

Dublin councillor committed 'minor' breach of ethics guidelines - SIPO

Feb 16th 2012, 4:00 PM 4,375 Views 14 Comments

However a report by the Standards Commission said that the contraventions by Oisin Quinn were inadvertent.

# sipo - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

Guess which #Áras11 candidate spent the most on their campaign?
# Race For The Áras
# Race For The Áras

Guess which #Áras11 candidate spent the most on their campaign?

Feb 14th 2012, 5:59 PM 9,667 Views 48 Comments

Hint: It wasn’t the winner…

# sipo - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

Callely arrested in probe over mobile phone receipts
# Ivor Callely
# Ivor Callely

Callely arrested in probe over mobile phone receipts

Jan 25th 2012, 1:52 PM 9,342 Views 0 Comments

Former junior minister Ivor Callely has been arrested as part of an investigation into the use of fraudulent receipts.

# sipo - Monday 23 January, 2012

Fianna Fáil publishes bill to regulate lobbyist industry
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

Fianna Fáil publishes bill to regulate lobbyist industry

Jan 23rd 2012, 5:34 PM 2,009 Views 39 Comments

The party says a lobbyists’ register must be brought into effect before the State considers selling off its major assets.

# sipo - Thursday 12 January, 2012

Ireland’s ‘best-kept secret’: 12 senators receiving €23k annual 'leaders' allowance'
# Expenses
# Expenses

Ireland’s ‘best-kept secret’: 12 senators receiving €23k annual 'leaders' allowance'

Jan 12th 2012, 5:05 PM 11,550 Views 76 Comments

12 independent members of the Seanad are entitled to a little-known allowance of around €23,000 per year, TDs are told.

# sipo - Tuesday 18 October, 2011

Almost €10 million spent by general election 2011 candidates
# Election Expenses
# Election Expenses

Almost €10 million spent by general election 2011 candidates

Oct 18th 2011, 2:15 PM 861 Views 11 Comments

Fine Gael came out on top of the election expenses list, reporting that its candidates spent over €3.1m on their campaigns.

# sipo - Saturday 3 September, 2011

FF councillor seeks information on ownership of St Luke's
# Fianna Fáil
# Fianna Fáil

FF councillor seeks information on ownership of St Luke's

Sep 3rd 2011, 12:21 PM 1,469 Views 14 Comments

A review of Fianna Fáil’s Dublin Central operations will ascertain whether the St Luke’s office is “available” to the party.