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#SIPO

# sipo - Thursday 8 September, 2022

SIPO refuses to name ex-government officials who asked to waive 'cooling off' period for lobbying
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

SIPO refuses to name ex-government officials who asked to waive 'cooling off' period for lobbying

Sep 8th 2022, 12:05 AM 26,291 Views 21 Comments
  • 13 former special advisers have asked for the exemption in two years.
  • Lobbying regulator SIPO has refused a Freedom of Information request to reveal identities of those who applied, Stephen McDermott writes.

# sipo - Saturday 27 August, 2022

A fortnight of apologies and clarifications that led to Robert Troy's resignation
# Gone
# Gone

A fortnight of apologies and clarifications that led to Robert Troy's resignation

Aug 27th 2022, 7:30 AM 16,420 Views 0 Comments

Things move quickly in politics – even during the summer break.

# sipo - Thursday 25 August, 2022

Political parties and independents received €13.4 million in State funding last year
# SIPO
# SIPO

Political parties and independents received €13.4 million in State funding last year

Aug 25th 2022, 12:56 PM 9,982 Views 13 Comments

The funding is non-electoral and is an administrative allowance.

# sipo - Wednesday 24 August, 2022

Omissions and errors: How Robert Troy's property dealings stoked a major political controversy
# Disclosure
# Disclosure

Omissions and errors: How Robert Troy's property dealings stoked a major political controversy

Aug 24th 2022, 5:05 PM 21,916 Views 0 Comments

Opposition TDs have been calling for the resignation of the Fianna Fáil junior minister.

# sipo - Monday 22 August, 2022

Four TDs and senators were given €3,000 in political donations last year
# Donations
# Donations

Four TDs and senators were given €3,000 in political donations last year

Aug 22nd 2022, 12:37 PM 20,488 Views 9 Comments

Public reps must disclose any donations valued at (or totalling) €600 or more from an individual source.

# sipo - Sunday 21 August, 2022

Will we see more political controversies before Sipo gets some teeth?
# I Declare
# I Declare

Will we see more political controversies before Sipo gets some teeth?

Aug 21st 2022, 6:30 AM 15,761 Views 15 Comments

Tánaiste says there are ‘stringent’ regulations already, but signals changes may be on the way.

# sipo - Thursday 18 August, 2022

FF junior minister Robert Troy amends his register of interests after undeclared property sale
# SIPO
# SIPO

FF junior minister Robert Troy amends his register of interests after undeclared property sale

Updated Aug 18th 2022, 5:00 PM 21,722 Views 0 Comments

In declarations for 2018 and 2020 respectively, he has added the sale of two properties.

# sipo - Tuesday 2 August, 2022

Ethics watchdog rules out overhauling guidelines for political parties
# SIPO
# SIPO

Ethics watchdog rules out overhauling guidelines for political parties

Aug 2nd 2022, 6:09 PM 9,385 Views 15 Comments

The review came after concerns were raised about Irish political parties who work and contest elections in multiple jurisdictions.

# sipo - Tuesday 19 July, 2022

Anti-cannabis group met privately with drugs minister to discuss possible RSA-style ad campaign
# Cannabis Risk Alliance
# Cannabis Risk Alliance

Anti-cannabis group met privately with drugs minister to discuss possible RSA-style ad campaign

Jul 19th 2022, 12:05 AM 32,138 Views 0 Comments
  • The Cannabis Risk Alliance told Frank Feighan last year that there should be "full transparency" around lobbyists and advocates, Stephen McDermott writes.
  • However, a loophole in lobbying laws mean the group's communications with the Government do not themselves have to be recorded.
  • Activists have questioned why the group had access to Feighan when those advocating for a different approach have found access more difficult.

# sipo - Thursday 30 June, 2022

Five former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying
# Sipo Report
# Sipo Report

Five former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying

Jun 30th 2022, 1:08 PM 14,921 Views 17 Comments

Under the law, public officials are subject to a one year “cooling-off” period after they leave their roles.

# sipo - Tuesday 15 February, 2022

Ministers who breach 'cooling-off' period before lobbying could soon be fined €25k
# Sanctions
# Sanctions

Ministers who breach 'cooling-off' period before lobbying could soon be fined €25k

Feb 15th 2022, 6:00 AM 11,251 Views 16 Comments

There was controversy over Michael D’Arcy taking up a top job in the Association of Investment Managers.

# sipo - Friday 7 January, 2022

Ethics watchdog rules against Wexford County Council CEO over funding threat to local radio station
# SIPO
# SIPO

Ethics watchdog rules against Wexford County Council CEO over funding threat to local radio station

Jan 7th 2022, 7:04 PM 28,072 Views 0 Comments

Tom Enright has called the watchdog’s findings ‘flawed and disproportionate’, and is exploring his legal options.

# sipo - Wednesday 5 January, 2022

SIPO finds against Monaghan councillor who published allegedly 'racist' election leaflet
# Seamus Treanor
# Seamus Treanor

SIPO finds against Monaghan councillor who published allegedly 'racist' election leaflet

Jan 5th 2022, 4:56 PM 24,043 Views 0 Comments

Cllr Seamus Treanor was found to have contravened six elements of the Code of Conduct for councillors.

# sipo - Monday 1 November, 2021

SIPO considers whether Monaghan councillor's allegedly 'racist' leaflet breaches standards
# Ethics Watchdog
# Ethics Watchdog

SIPO considers whether Monaghan councillor's allegedly 'racist' leaflet breaches standards

Nov 1st 2021, 4:08 PM 23,462 Views 0 Comments

It relates to material distributed by independent councillor Seamus Treanor ahead of the 2019 local elections.

# sipo - Tuesday 13 July, 2021

Former ministers that breach 'cooling off period' rules could face fines under proposed reforms
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

Former ministers that breach 'cooling off period' rules could face fines under proposed reforms

Jul 13th 2021, 8:50 PM 12,699 Views 10 Comments

Proposals to tighten laws on lobbying activity were approved by Cabinet today.

# sipo - Monday 28 June, 2021

Highest number of former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying - Sipo report
# Lobby
# Lobby

Highest number of former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying - Sipo report

Jun 28th 2021, 2:36 PM 9,519 Views 2 Comments

The Standards in Public Office Commission has released its 2020 report on the regulation of lobbying.

# sipo - Thursday 3 December, 2020

Ethics watchdog 'very concerned' at failure of Renua to account for public funding spent in 2019
# SIPO
# SIPO

Ethics watchdog 'very concerned' at failure of Renua to account for public funding spent in 2019

Dec 3rd 2020, 9:10 AM 18,258 Views 13 Comments

The party received €258,596 in public funding last year.

# sipo - Thursday 26 November, 2020

SIPO 'very concerned' about failure of Aontú and Renua to submit statements of their annual accounts
# Ethics Watchdog
# Ethics Watchdog

SIPO 'very concerned' about failure of Aontú and Renua to submit statements of their annual accounts

Nov 26th 2020, 1:49 PM 15,974 Views 9 Comments

Political parties registered in Ireland are required to disclose their annual accounts to SIPO.

# sipo - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Fine Gael on top as Sipo reveals political donations list for 2019
# Watchdog
# Watchdog

Fine Gael on top as Sipo reveals political donations list for 2019

Nov 24th 2020, 12:23 PM 19,237 Views 60 Comments

Donations disclosed by Irish political parties last year totalled €175,576.

# sipo - Thursday 19 November, 2020

Dáil approves appointment of former Senator and ex-NAGP lobbyist Geraldine Feeney to Sipo
# Geraldine Feeney
# Geraldine Feeney

Dáil approves appointment of former Senator and ex-NAGP lobbyist Geraldine Feeney to Sipo

Nov 19th 2020, 7:15 AM 20,078 Views 0 Comments

No debate was held on the motion, despite objection to this by opposition politicians.

# sipo - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

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

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

Nov 17th 2020, 4:06 PM 16,097 Views 0 Comments

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

# sipo - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Nomination of ex-FF Senator and NAGP lobbyist to Sipo labelled 'outrageous' by opposition
# Dáil Debate
# Dáil Debate

Nomination of ex-FF Senator and NAGP lobbyist to Sipo labelled 'outrageous' by opposition

Nov 12th 2020, 3:50 PM 36,242 Views 7 Comments

Geraldine Feeney is listed as having lobbied on behalf of the now defunct doctor’s union.

# sipo - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

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

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

Sep 30th 2020, 6:15 AM 8,876 Views 11 Comments

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

# sipo - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Tánaiste says Michael D'Arcy should have contacted Sipo prior to taking new job as CEO of funds lobby group
# SIPO
# SIPO

Tánaiste says Michael D'Arcy should have contacted Sipo prior to taking new job as CEO of funds lobby group

Updated Sep 29th 2020, 2:30 PM 37,036 Views 5 Comments

The former junior finance minister is to resign his seat in the Seanad to take up the role.

# sipo - Saturday 22 February, 2020

Renua in talks with 'more than one' Independent TD about becoming leader of the party
# New Renua
# New Renua

Renua in talks with 'more than one' Independent TD about becoming leader of the party

Feb 22nd 2020, 12:05 AM 38,582 Views 57 Comments

The party said that it may also consider changing its name and branding as part of a wider review.

# sipo - Tuesday 28 January, 2020

Councillor Hugh McElvaney breached ethics law during undercover RTÉ investigation, SIPO finds
# Monaghan
# Monaghan

Councillor Hugh McElvaney breached ethics law during undercover RTÉ investigation, SIPO finds

Jan 28th 2020, 6:24 PM 24,310 Views 0 Comments

McElvaney was subject of an RTÉ Investigates programme Standard in Public Office, aired in 2015.

# sipo - Monday 20 January, 2020

Fianna Fáil not happy with Varadkar's 'political attack' during State event with Apple's Tim Cook
# War Of Words
# War Of Words

Fianna Fáil not happy with Varadkar's 'political attack' during State event with Apple's Tim Cook

Jan 20th 2020, 2:53 PM 26,817 Views 47 Comments

Fianna Fáil want Sipo to carry out an investigation.

# sipo - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Minister says 'alternative way' to deal with Dara Murphy complaints will be found as Dáil clerk has 'no jurisdiction'
# Expenses
# Expenses

Minister says 'alternative way' to deal with Dara Murphy complaints will be found as Dáil clerk has 'no jurisdiction'

Updated Dec 11th 2019, 5:48 PM 18,620 Views 53 Comments

The Dáil Committee on Members’ Interests is to meet on Thursday but questions remain as to whether they have the power to investigate.

# sipo - Wednesday 4 December, 2019

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

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

Dec 4th 2019, 4:04 PM 18,999 Views 87 Comments

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

# sipo - Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Minister Shane Ross asked for "advance all-clear" on expenses paid to him in €37,000 annual allowance
# Noteworthy
# Noteworthy

Minister Shane Ross asked for "advance all-clear" on expenses paid to him in €37,000 annual allowance

Oct 15th 2019, 8:30 PM 47,579 Views 55 Comments

Minister Sean Canney was also asked to provide more information on €3,258 in “policy formulation” expenses that were spent in a string of restaurants around the country.

# sipo - Tuesday 10 September, 2019

Councillor faces significant legal bill following failed attempt to stop ethics inquiry
# SIPO
# SIPO

Councillor faces significant legal bill following failed attempt to stop ethics inquiry

Sep 10th 2019, 2:21 PM 19,502 Views 0 Comments

Councillor McElvaney was one of the subjects of an RTÉ Investigates programme in 2015.

# sipo - Wednesday 4 September, 2019

Councillor secretly filmed by RTÉ loses court bid to block SIPO inquiry
# Hugh Mcelvaney
# Hugh Mcelvaney

Councillor secretly filmed by RTÉ loses court bid to block SIPO inquiry

Sep 4th 2019, 12:12 PM 28,716 Views 0 Comments

Justice Garrett Simons said he was satisfied “to dismiss the application in its entirety.”

# sipo - Wednesday 7 August, 2019

Political parties received €5.9m in State funding last year
# SIPO
# SIPO

Political parties received €5.9m in State funding last year

Aug 7th 2019, 2:46 PM 11,162 Views 36 Comments

Eight political parties qualified for Exchequer funding in 2018.

# sipo - Wednesday 24 July, 2019

Here's who spent the most in the 2018 presidential campaign
# SIPO
# SIPO

Here's who spent the most in the 2018 presidential campaign

Jul 24th 2019, 11:23 AM 22,942 Views 33 Comments

SIPO today released details of the expenses and donations during the 2018 presidential election campaign.

# sipo - Monday 29 April, 2019

Irexit party accepting donations despite not being registered with Standards in Public Office Commission
# Irish Freedom Party
# Irish Freedom Party

Irexit party accepting donations despite not being registered with Standards in Public Office Commission

Apr 29th 2019, 12:05 AM 42,546 Views 124 Comments

Two members of the party are running as independents in the upcoming elections.

# sipo - Monday 8 April, 2019

Ceann Comhairle likely unable to keep Rolex given to him by UAE official
# Too Expensive
# Too Expensive

Ceann Comhairle likely unable to keep Rolex given to him by UAE official

Apr 8th 2019, 6:30 AM 58,178 Views 71 Comments

The watch, believed to be worth close to €8,000, may be sold and the money used for charitable purposes.

# sipo - Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Sipo finds against two councillors over contraventions of the Ethics in Public Office Act
# SIPO
# SIPO

Sipo finds against two councillors over contraventions of the Ethics in Public Office Act

Mar 26th 2019, 12:30 PM 12,252 Views 23 Comments

Sipo today published two separate reports following investigation hearings.

# sipo - Friday 22 March, 2019

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 24,622 Views 1 Comment

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

# sipo - Tuesday 1 January, 2019

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 7,149 Views 10 Comments

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

# sipo - Thursday 27 December, 2018

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 6,765 Views 22 Comments

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

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