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#SIPO

# sipo - Wednesday 7 August, 2019

Political parties received €5.9m in State funding last year

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 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

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

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 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 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

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

# sipo - Thursday 13 December, 2018

Land zoning: Watchdog makes findings against two Mayo councillors over conduct

Sipo found that both Frank Durcan and Cyril Burke contravened the code of conduct for elected representatives.

# sipo - Tuesday 30 October, 2018

SIPO renews call for rethink on political party funding rules

The Standards in Public Office Commission is tasked with ensuring all parties are in compliance with funding rules.

# sipo - Friday 12 October, 2018

'I want to succeed Michael D, not replace him': Sean Gallagher formally launches presidential campaign

Gallagher has committed to introduce 20 ‘special initiatives’ in his first 20 weeks in office if he is elected.

# sipo - Monday 17 September, 2018

Investigation into councillor who asked for 'loads of money' won't hear from undercover RTÉ reporter

An SIPO hearing into Hugh McElvaney’s alleged breach of the ethics of public office heard the reporter was “no doubt attractive”.

# sipo - Tuesday 31 July, 2018

Sipo's order that Amnesty should return €137,000 grant is quashed after High Court appeal

The donation was for Amnesty’s ‘My Body, My Rights’ campaign which sought a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

# sipo - 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.

# sipo - Friday 27 July, 2018

Gap in law means watchdog can't probe complaints after a TD has left office

SIPO wants the law changed so it has the power to investigate complaints which come to light after a politician has left office.

# sipo - 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.

# sipo - Thursday 12 July, 2018

Dáil parties got €7.63m in expenses last year - with Fianna Fáil taking the biggest slice

Sipo has released details of expenses for 2017.

# sipo - Thursday 28 June, 2018

Five officials sought 'cooling-off period' waivers before taking up lobbying jobs

The purpose of a ‘cooling-off’ period is to prevent the use of insider information.

# sipo - Wednesday 11 April, 2018

The number of large donations made to politicians fell dramatically last year

Just €6,360 in large donations was given to TDs, senators and MEPs last year.

# sipo - Sunday 4 February, 2018

Amnesty boss says watchdog's grant decision could prove 'catastrophic'

The organisation is seeking legal advice about an ongoing dispute over a €137,000 grant it received.

# sipo - 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.

# sipo - Monday 25 September, 2017

Paschal Donohoe begins transfer of Diageo shares into wife’s name ahead of Budget

The shares are being transferred in a bid to avoid any potential conflict ahead of next month’s Budget.

# sipo - Friday 21 July, 2017

Watchdog sent 90 files to gardaí over possible election offences

The Standards in Public Office Commission gave the details in its annual report, published today.

# sipo - Friday 14 July, 2017

Donohoe defends his share-holdings in drinks company Diageo

Three ministers were asked about their share-holdings during a press conference today.

# sipo - Wednesday 5 July, 2017

Political parties and independents were paid over €8 million of state funds last year

The SIPO report shows that Fianna Fáil received over €2.2 million in 2016.

# sipo - 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.

# sipo - 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.

# sipo - 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.

# sipo - Saturday 14 January, 2017

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil spent thousands of euro targeting voters with Facebook ads

Both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael targeted voters through social media during the general election

# sipo - Friday 13 January, 2017

Poll: Should election posters be scrapped? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should election posters be scrapped?

Political parties spent over €416,000 on them last year.

Irish political parties spent over €416k on election posters last year

Fianna Fáil spent over €145,891 on election posters in the last general election.

'I forgot to give them a receipt': James Reilly referred to gardaí by Sipo over €1k election donation

Under Sipo rules, the maximum cash donation that may be accepted by a candidate during the general election is €200.

# sipo - Saturday 22 October, 2016

It has cost €350,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims Exclusive

The disputed expense claims date back to 2006 and 2007, when Brian Ó Domhnaill was a member of Donegal County Council.

# sipo - Tuesday 13 September, 2016

Nama lodges complaint to Sipo after BBC Spotlight revelations

This comes after a BBC Spotlight investigation which cast doubt over the motives of one of their advisers.

# sipo - 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.

# sipo - Friday 1 July, 2016

Fine Gael spent €200,000 of their state funding on polling last year

They also got donations of €98,000.

# sipo - 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.

# sipo - Tuesday 10 May, 2016

A missed opportunity for Guinness and oysters that got lost in translation

The public hearing into the alleged duplication of expenses by a Fianna Fáil senator was finally held yesterday.

# sipo - Monday 9 May, 2016

Fianna Fáil senator says he filed expense claims "as honestly as he could"

Brian Ó Domhnaill claimed expenses for attending events in different locations on the same days.

# sipo - Saturday 16 January, 2016

Here's how Micheál Martin justifies his €30k salary top-up

The Irish Independent says this places his salary at €117,258.

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