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Which political parties received the biggest donations last year?

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

DONATIONS OF JUST over €170,000 were made to Irish political parties last year.

Figures released by the Standards in Public Office Commission today show that Fine Gael received donations totalling €112,625; while Sinn Féin and the Socialist Party received €25,980 and €21,084 respectively.

Each of the 16 political parties registered during 2013 to contest Dáil or European elections was required to furnish a donation statement to the Commission by 31 March last.

All donations in excess of €1,500 were required to be disclosed. The maximum value of donations which a political party could accept from the same donor within a twelve-month period is €2,500.

Six parties made disclosures, totalling €171,644. Fianna Fáil and Labour did not, indicating they did not receive any donations exceeding €1,500.

sipo 3 july 2014 Source: SIPO

Two parties – the Catholic Democrats and the Communist Party of Ireland – failed to furnish the required documentation to the Commission by the specified date.

The Communist Party of Ireland has not yet submitted the required statutory documentation and the Commission referred a file on the matter to the Gardaí on 19 May.

Below is a summary of the 2013 bank statements of Fine Gael, Labour,Fianna  Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Green Party.

sipo 3 july bank statements Source: SIPO

The Socialist Party and the Workers and Unemployed Action group both received donations in excess of the maximum permitted amount but the additional €49 and €2,060 respectively were returned to the donors and documentary evidence of this was submitted to the Standards Commission.

sipo 3 july Submission dates Source: SIPO

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