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From TheJournal.ie A missed opportunity for Guinness and oysters that got lost in translation The Road To Donegal

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.

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil senator says he filed expense claims "as honestly as he could" Donegal County Council

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.

From TheJournal.ie Here's how Micheál Martin justifies his €30k salary top-up Election 2016

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Elected officials need to know there are consequences to corruption Opinion

Elected officials need to know there are consequences to corruption

Corruption is a health risk to our democracy, writes Nuala Haughey.

From TheJournal.ie Councillor resigns from Fianna Fáil following 'shocking' RTÉ Investigates programme Revelations

Councillor resigns from Fianna Fáil following 'shocking' RTÉ Investigates programme

“Some of the behaviour displayed in tonight’s programme was shocking and completely unacceptable.”

From TheJournal.ie Senator distances herself from 'a huge story of corruption and fraud' Rté Investigates This post contains videos

Senator distances herself from 'a huge story of corruption and fraud'

“This scandal about councillors seeking out bribes has absolutely nothing to do with me.”

From TheJournal.ie County manager investigated over house sale accusations Longford

County manager investigated over house sale accusations

The council at the time claimed that it was not involved in the identification of the property.

From TheJournal.ie Renua spent nearly €30k trying (and failing) to get this man elected By-election

Renua spent nearly €30k trying (and failing) to get this man elected

SIPO has released details of expenditure in the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election.

From TheJournal.ie A LOT more money is donated to the Socialists than Sinn Féin or Fianna Fáil Spare A Fiver

A LOT more money is donated to the Socialists than Sinn Féin or Fianna Fáil

It could be linked to the anti-water charge movement.

From TheJournal.ie Two TDs reported to gardaí after failing to disclose political donations on time Show Me The Money

Two TDs reported to gardaí after failing to disclose political donations on time

It was all cleared up a few days later…

From TheJournal.ie File sent to DPP over Donegal councillor's expenses Expenses

File sent to DPP over Donegal councillor's expenses

Former councillor Dessie Larkin claimed he was at two meetings at the one time.

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil spends the most on two by-elections - but fails to nab a seat SIPO

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.

From TheJournal.ie Guinness, Facebook, and drink driving: The week in numbers Prime Numbers

Guinness, Facebook, and drink driving: The week in numbers

Plus: How many flights went in and out of Ireland’s airports last year?

From TheJournal.ie An 'administrative error' was the reason why a Fine Gael branch in Mayo didn't file its accounts Garda Investigation

An 'administrative error' was the reason why a Fine Gael branch in Mayo didn't file its accounts

The party has responded to news that the gardaí can’t find the person responsible for the accounts of a branch in Enda Kenny’s constituency.

From TheJournal.ie Gardaí can't find person responsible for Fine Gael's accounts in a branch in Enda Kenny's constituency Missing

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.

From TheJournal.ie Here's What Happened Today: Thursday News Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Everyone’s talking about Obama considering hitting Iraq, Russia’s ban on EU food, and Denis O’Brien…

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Thursday Take Five

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From TheJournal.ie Here's what happened when Mick Wallace and Ming complained about Alan Shatter SIPO

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.

From TheJournal.ie Why did the political ethics watchdog get 427 complaints in 2012, but just 29 last year? Big Drop
From TheJournal.ie Which political parties received the biggest donations last year? Paid With Thanks

Which political parties received the biggest donations last year?

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

From TheJournal.ie Here's what you need to know about Brendan Howlin's new lobbying law Get Smart Fast

Here's what you need to know about Brendan Howlin's new lobbying law

A Bill published by Brendan Howlin will essentially deal with: ‘Who is contacting whom and about what’.

From TheJournal.ie Councillor claimed expenses "recklessly" and "did not act in good faith" Donegal

Councillor claimed expenses "recklessly" and "did not act in good faith"

Donegal councillor Pádraig Doherty contravened sections of the Local Government Act and the Code of Conduct for councillors.

From TheJournal.ie Party leaders received €7.5 million in State funding last year Dear Leaders

Party leaders received €7.5 million in State funding last year

Six party leaders split the pot, but not evenly.

From TheJournal.ie Political parties received €5.5 million in State funding last year Trust Funds

Political parties received €5.5 million in State funding last year

And here’s how they spent it.

From TheJournal.ie Politicians warned not to use pre-paid Oireachtas envelopes for electoral purposes Inappropriate Use

Politicians warned not to use pre-paid Oireachtas envelopes for electoral purposes

If a candidate uses the envelopes inappropriately it’s regarded as an election expense and must be accounted for.

From TheJournal.ie Less than half of political parties accounting units have made their donation returns Disclosure

Less than half of political parties accounting units have made their donation returns

The Commission plans to name and shame the political party accounting units that fail to submit their return on time.

From TheJournal.ie Hogan demands Martin apologise and withdraw "gerrymandering" allegations Gerrymandering

Hogan demands Martin apologise and withdraw "gerrymandering" allegations

He said he was appalled at accusations he was involved in “gerrymandering” over the boundaries for the local elections.

From TheJournal.ie One person received 70 per cent of all big political donations last year Money Money Money

One person received 70 per cent of all big political donations last year

Meanwhile, fourteen elected representatives didn’t declare their donation statements and may now face prosecution.

From TheJournal.ie Ex-Fine Gael minister and former judge to be appointed to political standards watchdog SIPO

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.

From TheJournal.ie Political standards watchdog cannot fulfill duties because of appointments delay Political Reform

Political standards watchdog cannot fulfill duties because of appointments delay

SIPO is also in the middle of a disagreement with Minister Hogan about proposed accounting reforms for political parties.

From TheJournal.ie Lowry, emigration and Arthur's Day: The week in numbers In Numbers

Lowry, emigration and Arthur's Day: The week in numbers

Plus: How many €50 notes were discovered in developer Tom McFeely’s former home on Ailesbury Road?

From TheJournal.ie Ethics watchdog drops investigation into Michael Lowry Wigan

Ethics watchdog drops investigation into Michael Lowry

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

From TheJournal.ie Ethics watchdog received nearly 400 complaints over Michael Lowry last year SIPO

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.

From TheJournal.ie By-election candidate referred to gardaí over election expenses Meath East

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.

From TheJournal.ie SIPO investigation into FF senator’s council expenses postponed Watchdog

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.

From TheJournal.ie Ethics watchdog to hold public hearing into FF senator's council expenses Ethics

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.

From TheJournal.ie Enda Kenny visits Greece and J Edgar Shatter fights dirty: The week's news skewed Not The News

Enda Kenny visits Greece and J Edgar Shatter fights dirty: The week's news skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: Dáil beauty pageant causes tensions, Taoiseach and Greek PM hold shortest discussions ever, and laughter at SIPO

From TheJournal.ie Column: Lobbying has become 'a dirty word'. We want to change that Opinion

Column: Lobbying has become 'a dirty word'. We want to change that

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, explains the reasoning behind the government’s new plans to regulate lobbying and restore public faith in a vital activity.

From TheJournal.ie Former politicians will face temporary ban on lobbying under new rules Transparency

Former politicians will face temporary ban on lobbying under new rules

Proposals approved by ministers will enforce a legal “cooling-off” period for former office holders going into lobbying.

From TheJournal.ie 11 Irish political parties disclose donations of only €33,606 for 2012 Donations

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.