Donations to public representatives more than doubled last year, report finds

Donations to public representatives more than doubled last year, report finds

A total of 42 public representatives have disclosed donations to Standards in Public Office totalling €72,969.

Of the 259 TDs, Senators and MEPs, 217 did not disclose receiving any funds up until the end of January last.

In its report issued today, SIPO says a number of the politicians were late filing returns.

This amount is more than double the 2015 donation total of €33,870.00 - however the office says this can be explained by the General Election.

Under the Electoral Act, 1997, public representatives may not accept donations in any year of more than €200 in cash, and not more than €1,000 in total value from a single source.

They must disclose any donations valued at (or totalling) €600 or more received from an individual source.

Donation statements furnished by TDs Paschal Donohoe, Martin Ferris, Alan Kelly, Denis Naughten and Fergus O’Dowd disclosed donations from persons who were not resident in the island of Ireland. The donors in question are Irish citizens as required by the legislation, however.


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