Govt slashes spending limit for presidential campaigns

Govt slashes spending limit for presidential campaigns
Phil Hogan

The Government is to almost halve the spending limit that applies to running a presidential campaign, from €1.3m to €750,000.

The reimbursement of €260,000 for expenditure in the 40-day presidential campaign will be cut to €200,000.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan said the changes allowed for the planning of "a more frugal campaign" and were "in tune with the times we're in".

In addition, in another change to the electoral process, all by-elections to the Dáil will have to take place within six months of the vacancy from now on.

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