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#Standards in Public Office Commission

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Wednesday 7 August, 2019

Political parties received €5.9m in State funding last year

Eight political parties qualified for Exchequer funding in 2018.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - 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.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - 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.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - 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.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - 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”.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - 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-commission - 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-commission - 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.

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

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.

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-commission - Monday 15 September, 2014

Fianna Fáil spends the most on two by-elections - but fails to nab a seat

Its members spent the most in the Dublin West and Longford Westmeath by-elections, the Standards in Public Office Commission said.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Friday 8 August, 2014

Gardaí can't find person responsible for Fine Gael's accounts in a branch in Enda Kenny's constituency

The Standards in Public Office (SIPO) Commision says the matter remains with the gardaí.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Thursday 7 August, 2014

Here's what happened when Mick Wallace and Ming complained about Alan Shatter

SIPO received complaints about the former justice minister from the two outspoken politicians.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Thursday 3 July, 2014

Which political parties received the biggest donations last year?

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

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

Ex-Fine Gael minister and former judge to be appointed to political standards watchdog

Under legislation giving effect to SIPO, the two appointments are required to be a former judge and a former politician and will need the approval of both the Dáil and Seanad.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Thursday 26 September, 2013

Ethics watchdog drops investigation into Michael Lowry

Almost 400 complaints had been received about the TD’s business dealings in Wigan.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Ethics watchdog received nearly 400 complaints over Michael Lowry last year

The complaints concerned alleged contraventions of the Ethics Acts by Lowry with regards to his ownership of lands in Wigan in the northwest of England.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

By-election candidate referred to gardaí over election expenses

Ben Gilroy failed to file documentation related to his donations and expenses during the Meath East by-election but will qualify for reimbursement of expenses once he does.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Thursday 6 June, 2013

SIPO investigation into FF senator’s council expenses postponed

SIPO has postponed indefinitely an investigation into allegations over Brian Ó Domhnaill’s expenses while on Donegal County Council.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - 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-commission - Friday 17 May, 2013

Wallace to lodge complaint against Shatter over penalty points allegation

The Wexford TD says the allegations made by Alan Shatter on live TV about an alleged motoring offence are unsubstantiated.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Thursday 25 April, 2013

11 Irish political parties disclose donations of only €33,606 for 2012

Parties are only required to disclose donations worth over €5,078.95 – but only three parties disclosed any donations at all.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Friday 15 February, 2013

239 politicians disclose total of €3,800 donations in 2012

TDs, Senators and MEPs are only legally required to disclose donations if a single donor gives more than €634.87.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Friday 11 January, 2013

New guidelines reduce maximum donations to political parties

The guidelines also address corporate donations to parties and include strict rules on transparency.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Wednesday 28 November, 2012

Public ethics watchdog to investigate Lowry’s failure to declare land

SIPO will be asked to investigate whether Michael Lowry breached ethics laws by not declaring his interests in land in Wigan.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Tuesday 30 October, 2012

14 TDs could face sanction for not declaring council pay-offs Exclusive

The Dáil’s committee on members interests says TDs failed to honour their obligations by leaving their former council jobs out of their annual Register of Members’ Interests.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Wednesday 12 September, 2012

Dáil committee to discuss whether TDs are in breach of ethics laws Exclusive

The public ethics watchdog believes TDs should declare council positions if they receive a severance pay-off – but of 22 TDs and Senators, only four did so.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Tuesday 29 May, 2012

Parties got €12.6m from State and €31k in donations in 2011

The Standards in Public Office Commission has released new data this evening on how much the State gave political parties and how much parties received in disclosed donations.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - 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-commission - 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-commission - Thursday 22 March, 2012

Government will refer Mahon report to DPP, Revenue, Gardaí

TDs will abandon legislative plans next week to discuss the report’s findings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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

Donegal candidate reported to Gardaí over failure to disclose expenses

The Standards in Public Office commission says candidates in the Donegal South-West by-election will receive €38,795 in refunds.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Thursday 14 April, 2011

Fine Gael councillor could face expulsion over double claiming on expenses

Terence Slowey claimed he made the excess claims in error but he could now face expulsion from the party.

# standards-in-public-office-commission - Friday 17 September, 2010

Your Country Your Call denies breaking political lobbying laws Lobbying

Your Country Your Call denies breaking political lobbying laws Exclusive

The competition says it does not need to register as a lobby group, and confirms a government contribution of €300,000.