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#SIPO

# 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 9,375 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 31,974 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 14,842 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 11,232 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 28,062 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 24,018 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 23,452 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 12,691 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 9,475 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 18,254 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 15,967 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 19,229 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 20,048 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 16,093 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 36,220 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 8,866 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 37,031 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 38,580 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 24,308 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 26,809 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 18,610 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 18,964 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 47,573 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 19,493 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 28,712 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 11,157 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 22,934 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 42,534 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 58,170 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 12,245 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 24,582 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 7,144 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 6,757 Views 22 Comments

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
# Mayo
# Mayo

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

Dec 13th 2018, 3:11 PM 15,727 Views 9 Comments

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
# Money Money Money
# Money Money Money

SIPO renews call for rethink on political party funding rules

Oct 30th 2018, 3:08 PM 6,157 Views 6 Comments

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
# Aras18
# Aras18

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

Oct 12th 2018, 1:02 PM 15,388 Views 85 Comments

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
# Hugh Mcelvaney
# Hugh Mcelvaney

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

Sep 17th 2018, 6:21 PM 38,497 Views 0 Comments

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
# Funding
# Funding

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

Jul 31st 2018, 12:47 PM 20,611 Views 73 Comments

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
# Garda College
# Garda College

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

Jul 28th 2018, 8:30 AM 9,352 Views 16 Comments

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
# Complaints
# Complaints

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

Jul 27th 2018, 6:20 AM 11,356 Views 26 Comments

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

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