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

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Councillor faces significant legal bill following failed attempt to stop ethics inquiry SIPO

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Councillor secretly filmed by RTÉ loses court bid to block SIPO inquiry Hugh Mcelvaney

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Political parties received €5.9m in State funding last year SIPO

Political parties received €5.9m in State funding last year

Eight political parties qualified for Exchequer funding in 2018.

From TheJournal.ie Here's who spent the most in the 2018 presidential campaign SIPO

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.

From TheJournal.ie Irexit party accepting donations despite not being registered with Standards in Public Office Commission Irish Freedom Party

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.

From TheJournal.ie Ceann Comhairle likely unable to keep Rolex given to him by UAE official Too Expensive

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.

From TheJournal.ie Sipo finds against two councillors over contraventions of the Ethics in Public Office Act SIPO

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

Sipo today published two separate reports following investigation hearings.

From TheJournal.ie Consultants at Cork and Galway hospitals failed to provide evidence of tax compliance SIPO

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.

From TheJournal.ie New code of conduct for lobbyists comes into effect today Transparency

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.

From TheJournal.ie Future Irish elections and referendums will be overseen by a new Electoral Commission A Long Time Coming

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.

From TheJournal.ie Land zoning: Watchdog makes findings against two Mayo councillors over conduct Mayo

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.

From TheJournal.ie SIPO renews call for rethink on political party funding rules Money Money Money

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.

From TheJournal.ie 'I want to succeed Michael D, not replace him': Sean Gallagher formally launches presidential campaign Aras18

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Investigation into councillor who asked for 'loads of money' won't hear from undercover RTÉ reporter Hugh Mcelvaney

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”.

From TheJournal.ie Sipo's order that Amnesty should return €137,000 grant is quashed after High Court appeal Funding

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.

From TheJournal.ie Watchdog still in talks with gardaí over members' compliance with ethics laws Garda College

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.

From TheJournal.ie Gap in law means watchdog can't probe complaints after a TD has left office Complaints

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.

From TheJournal.ie Watchdog fears foreign ads could influence Irish referendums and elections Foreign Ads

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.

From TheJournal.ie Dáil parties got €7.63m in expenses last year - with Fianna Fáil taking the biggest slice Political Parties

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

Sipo has released details of expenses for 2017.

From TheJournal.ie Five officials sought 'cooling-off period' waivers before taking up lobbying jobs Transparency

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.

From TheJournal.ie The number of large donations made to politicians fell dramatically last year Donations

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.

From TheJournal.ie Amnesty boss says watchdog's grant decision could prove 'catastrophic' Eighth Amendment

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.

From TheJournal.ie Nearly half of Ireland's political parties failed to submit accounts to watchdog Standards In Public Office

Nearly half of Ireland's political parties failed to submit accounts to watchdog

Six parties failed to submit any accounts at all.

From TheJournal.ie Paschal Donohoe begins transfer of Diageo shares into wife’s name ahead of Budget Excise

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.

From TheJournal.ie Watchdog sent 90 files to gardaí over possible election offences SIPO

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.

From TheJournal.ie Donohoe defends his share-holdings in drinks company Diageo Stocks And Shares

Donohoe defends his share-holdings in drinks company Diageo

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

From TheJournal.ie Political parties and independents were paid over €8 million of state funds last year SIPO

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.

From TheJournal.ie Family Support Agency board member overclaimed €40k in expenses Travel Expenses

Family Support Agency board member overclaimed €40k in expenses

“Obviously, in hindsight, it was wrong, there is no question about that,” Richard Hickey said.

From TheJournal.ie Abortion Rights Campaign gives back €23,000 US donation George Soros

Abortion Rights Campaign gives back €23,000 US donation

The $24,999 was donated by US billionaire George Soros’ Open Societies Foundation.

From TheJournal.ie It has cost over €360,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims Donegal County Council

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.

From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil spent thousands of euro targeting voters with Facebook ads Share And Like

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

From TheJournal.ie 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.

From TheJournal.ie Irish political parties spent over €416k on election posters last year HEY BIG SPENDERS

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.

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

'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.

From TheJournal.ie It has cost €350,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims SIPO

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.

From TheJournal.ie Nama lodges complaint to Sipo after BBC Spotlight revelations Project Eagle

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.

From TheJournal.ie It has cost almost €300k to investigate this senator's €2k expense claims Donegal County Council

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.

From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael spent €200,000 of their state funding on polling last year Poll Position

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

They also got donations of €98,000.

From TheJournal.ie When it comes to lobbying public officials, being called Bono may be a help The Real Thing

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.

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