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Former ministers that breach 'cooling off period' rules could face fines under proposed reforms
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Former ministers that breach 'cooling off period' rules could face fines under proposed reforms

Jul 13th 2021, 8:50 PM 12,627 Views 10 Comments

Proposals to tighten laws on lobbying activity were approved by Cabinet today.

Highest number of former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying - Sipo report
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Highest number of former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying - Sipo report

Jun 28th 2021, 2:36 PM 9,448 Views 2 Comments

The Standards in Public Office Commission has released its 2020 report on the regulation of lobbying.

Ethics watchdog 'very concerned' at failure of Renua to account for public funding spent in 2019
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Ethics watchdog 'very concerned' at failure of Renua to account for public funding spent in 2019

Dec 3rd 2020, 9:10 AM 18,229 Views 13 Comments

The party received €258,596 in public funding last year.

SIPO 'very concerned' about failure of Aontú and Renua to submit statements of their annual accounts
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SIPO 'very concerned' about failure of Aontú and Renua to submit statements of their annual accounts

Nov 26th 2020, 1:49 PM 15,865 Views 9 Comments

Political parties registered in Ireland are required to disclose their annual accounts to SIPO.

Fine Gael on top as Sipo reveals political donations list for 2019
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Fine Gael on top as Sipo reveals political donations list for 2019

Nov 24th 2020, 12:23 PM 19,122 Views 60 Comments

Donations disclosed by Irish political parties last year totalled €175,576.

Dáil approves appointment of former Senator and ex-NAGP lobbyist Geraldine Feeney to Sipo
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Dáil approves appointment of former Senator and ex-NAGP lobbyist Geraldine Feeney to Sipo

Nov 19th 2020, 7:15 AM 19,955 Views 0 Comments

No debate was held on the motion, despite objection to this by opposition politicians.

Taoiseach defends nomination of former Senator and ex-NAGP lobbyist Geraldine Feeney to Sipo
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Taoiseach defends nomination of former Senator and ex-NAGP lobbyist Geraldine Feeney to Sipo

Nov 17th 2020, 4:06 PM 16,072 Views 0 Comments

Opposition parties have criticised the government for not facilitating a debate on the nomination.

Nomination of ex-FF Senator and NAGP lobbyist to Sipo labelled 'outrageous' by opposition
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Nomination of ex-FF Senator and NAGP lobbyist to Sipo labelled 'outrageous' by opposition

Nov 12th 2020, 3:50 PM 36,182 Views 7 Comments

Geraldine Feeney is listed as having lobbied on behalf of the now defunct doctor’s union.

Ethics watchdog with teeth: Taoiseach says sanctions and penalties should be part of Sipo review
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Ethics watchdog with teeth: Taoiseach says sanctions and penalties should be part of Sipo review

Sep 30th 2020, 6:15 AM 8,784 Views 11 Comments

Micheál Martin said any review of Sipo rules must include foreign funding issues.

Tánaiste says Michael D'Arcy should have contacted Sipo prior to taking new job as CEO of funds lobby group
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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 36,700 Views 5 Comments

The former junior finance minister is to resign his seat in the Seanad to take up the role.

Renua in talks with 'more than one' Independent TD about becoming leader of the party
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Renua in talks with 'more than one' Independent TD about becoming leader of the party

Feb 22nd 2020, 12:05 AM 38,547 Views 57 Comments

The party said that it may also consider changing its name and branding as part of a wider review.

Councillor Hugh McElvaney breached ethics law during undercover RTÉ investigation, SIPO finds
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Councillor Hugh McElvaney breached ethics law during undercover RTÉ investigation, SIPO finds

Jan 28th 2020, 6:24 PM 24,294 Views 0 Comments

McElvaney was subject of an RTÉ Investigates programme Standard in Public Office, aired in 2015.

Fianna Fáil not happy with Varadkar's 'political attack' during State event with Apple's Tim Cook
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Fianna Fáil not happy with Varadkar's 'political attack' during State event with Apple's Tim Cook

Jan 20th 2020, 2:53 PM 26,789 Views 47 Comments

Fianna Fáil want Sipo to carry out an investigation.

Minister says 'alternative way' to deal with Dara Murphy complaints will be found as Dáil clerk has 'no jurisdiction'
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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 18,580 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.

Standards watchdog Sipo says it can't deal with Dara Murphy complaints as he 'has ceased to be a TD'
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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 18,933 Views 87 Comments

Leo Varadkar told the Dáil today that Sipo could investigate former members.

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

Oct 15th 2019, 8:30 PM 47,535 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.

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

Sep 10th 2019, 2:21 PM 19,479 Views 0 Comments

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

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

Sep 4th 2019, 12:12 PM 28,701 Views 0 Comments

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

Political parties received €5.9m in State funding last year
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Political parties received €5.9m in State funding last year

Aug 7th 2019, 2:46 PM 11,093 Views 36 Comments

Eight political parties qualified for Exchequer funding in 2018.

Here's who spent the most in the 2018 presidential campaign
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Here's who spent the most in the 2018 presidential campaign

Jul 24th 2019, 11:23 AM 22,904 Views 33 Comments

SIPO today released details of the expenses and donations during the 2018 presidential election campaign.

Irexit party accepting donations despite not being registered with Standards in Public Office Commission
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# Irish Freedom Party

Irexit party accepting donations despite not being registered with Standards in Public Office Commission

Apr 29th 2019, 12:05 AM 42,375 Views 124 Comments

Two members of the party are running as independents in the upcoming elections.

Ceann Comhairle likely unable to keep Rolex given to him by UAE official
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Ceann Comhairle likely unable to keep Rolex given to him by UAE official

Apr 8th 2019, 6:30 AM 58,147 Views 71 Comments

The watch, believed to be worth close to €8,000, may be sold and the money used for charitable purposes.

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

Mar 26th 2019, 12:30 PM 12,226 Views 23 Comments

Sipo today published two separate reports following investigation hearings.

Consultants at Cork and Galway hospitals failed to provide evidence of tax compliance
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Consultants at Cork and Galway hospitals failed to provide evidence of tax compliance

Mar 22nd 2019, 2:24 PM 24,353 Views 0 Comments

Sipo investigated the doctors after they missed a deadline by which they had to reply.

New code of conduct for lobbyists comes into effect today
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New code of conduct for lobbyists comes into effect today

Jan 1st 2019, 7:00 AM 7,128 Views 10 Comments

The goal is for lobbying to be carried out in an ethical and transparent manner.

Future Irish elections and referendums will be overseen by a new Electoral Commission
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# A Long Time Coming

Future Irish elections and referendums will be overseen by a new Electoral Commission

Dec 27th 2018, 7:30 AM 6,748 Views 22 Comments

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

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

Dec 13th 2018, 3:11 PM 15,709 Views 9 Comments

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

SIPO renews call for rethink on political party funding rules
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SIPO renews call for rethink on political party funding rules

Oct 30th 2018, 3:08 PM 6,144 Views 6 Comments

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

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

Oct 12th 2018, 1:02 PM 15,365 Views 85 Comments

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

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

Sep 17th 2018, 6:21 PM 38,420 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's order that Amnesty should return €137,000 grant is quashed after High Court appeal
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Sipo's order that Amnesty should return €137,000 grant is quashed after High Court appeal

Jul 31st 2018, 12:47 PM 20,566 Views 73 Comments

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

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

Jul 28th 2018, 8:30 AM 9,339 Views 16 Comments

SIPO is to develop ‘standards of best practice’ for public bodies to ensure they communicate to employees about disclosing their interests.

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

Jul 27th 2018, 6:20 AM 11,339 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.

Watchdog fears foreign ads could influence Irish referendums and elections
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Watchdog fears foreign ads could influence Irish referendums and elections

Jul 26th 2018, 1:33 PM 5,585 Views 32 Comments

The Standards in Public Office said it is concerned about political interference from organisations outside of Ireland.

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

Jul 12th 2018, 2:43 PM 15,069 Views 48 Comments

Sipo has released details of expenses for 2017.

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

Jun 28th 2018, 2:03 PM 12,173 Views 15 Comments

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

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

Apr 11th 2018, 4:30 PM 7,332 Views 31 Comments

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

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

Feb 4th 2018, 12:05 AM 29,229 Views 80 Comments

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

Nearly half of Ireland's political parties failed to submit accounts to watchdog
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# Standards In Public Office

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

Nov 29th 2017, 6:04 PM 10,812 Views 13 Comments

Six parties failed to submit any accounts at all.

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

Sep 25th 2017, 9:58 AM 79,578 Views 156 Comments

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

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