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#Standards in Public Office

# standards-in-public-office - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Taoiseach defends nomination of former Senator and ex-NAGP lobbyist Geraldine Feeney to Sipo

Opposition parties have criticised the government for not facilitating a debate on the nomination.

# standards-in-public-office - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Ethics watchdog with teeth: Taoiseach says sanctions and penalties should be part of Sipo review

Micheál Martin said any review of Sipo rules must include foreign funding issues.

# standards-in-public-office - Wednesday 4 December, 2019

Standards watchdog Sipo says it can't deal with Dara Murphy complaints as he 'has ceased to be a TD'

Leo Varadkar told the Dáil today that Sipo could investigate former members.

# standards-in-public-office - Saturday 28 July, 2018

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

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

# standards-in-public-office - Thursday 26 July, 2018

Watchdog fears foreign ads could influence Irish referendums and elections

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

# standards-in-public-office - Wednesday 29 November, 2017

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

Six parties failed to submit any accounts at all.

# standards-in-public-office - Thursday 20 April, 2017

Family Support Agency board member overclaimed €40k in expenses

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

# standards-in-public-office - Saturday 1 April, 2017

Abortion Rights Campaign gives back €23,000 US donation

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

# standards-in-public-office - Sunday 22 January, 2017

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

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

# standards-in-public-office - Wednesday 13 July, 2016

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

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

# standards-in-public-office - Wednesday 29 June, 2016

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.

# standards-in-public-office - Thursday 4 February, 2016

Just what can election candidates use Dáil envelopes for?

The Standards in Public Office Commission dictates what they can and can’t be used for.

# standards-in-public-office - Monday 7 December, 2015

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

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

# standards-in-public-office - Friday 29 May, 2015

Political parties received €12.6 million of taxpayers money last year

A total of €12.6 million was given to parliamentarians last year.

# standards-in-public-office - Thursday 30 May, 2013

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

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

# standards-in-public-office - Friday 25 May, 2012

No proof of tax clearance provided by Fine Gael senator

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

# standards-in-public-office - Sunday 8 April, 2012

Election candidate demands prosecution proceedings... against himself

Diarmaid Ó Cadhla, who ran in Cork South-Central, says legislation requiring him to disclose donations is unconstitutional.

# standards-in-public-office - Tuesday 13 March, 2012

Public submissions show support for 'cooling-off' period for political lobbying

Submissions made to Brendan Howlin show general support for a two-year period before politicians can be hired as lobbyists.

# standards-in-public-office - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

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

Hint: It wasn’t the winner…

# standards-in-public-office - Thursday 28 April, 2011

SIPO probe into Ivor Callely's mobile phone claims discontinued

File on Callely gone to DPP as Standards in Public Office Commission finishes investigation into former senator’s phone expenses claim.

# standards-in-public-office - Tuesday 20 July, 2010

IN A SIGN of another divide emerging within Fine Gael, party TD Lucinda Ceighton has hit out against ‘cute-hoor politics’.

Creighton was speaking about standards in public life at the MacGill Summer School in Donegal. Read the speech in full here.

She said Fine Gael could not condemn Fianna Fáil for entertaining developers at the Galway races while doing the same itself.

Creighton was referring to a golf classic held at the K Club last week at which the party solicited donations from many developers whose loans had been transferred to NAMA.

She said:

Fine Gael cannot equivocate about the standards we wish to bring to the running of this Republic.

We need a real “New Politics” – of substance rather than sound-bites.

We need a politics that is about serving the people of Ireland, and not simply about replacing Fianna Fáil.

It is time for a politics built on courage, integrity and truth. That is the politics which I signed up for and the sort of public service which the Irish people so desperately need.

Creighton has been congratulated by Green Party TD Paul Gogarty for “belatedly discovering the truth” about her party.

“The only problem is that I fear that she may be slamming the stable door long after the horse has bolted,” Gogarty said, pointing out that FG-led local councils were among those involved in rezoning scandals.

Yesterday Phil Hogan, director of elections for Fine Gael defended the party’s decision to take donations from troubled developers.