Standards body refers files on politicians to gardaí

THE Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) referred 13 files to gardaí for alleged contraventions of the electoral acts, including files relating to former Clare TD and senator, Madeleine Taylor Quinn.

At the end of August and beginning of September, SIPO referred files to the gardaí in relation to the failure of nine candidates to furnish donation statements, as required under the act. The nine were Tom Harpur (Green Party, Wexford); Gino Kenny (non-party, Dublin Mid West); Thomas King (non-party, Galway West); Gerard Linehan (non-party, Cork South Central); Cllr Anne Marie Martin (Fine Gael, Dublin South Central); Mags Murray (Progressive Democrats, Dublin West); Jim Tallon (non-party, Wicklow); Raymond Kelly (non-party, Dublin South West); and Ms Taylor Quinn (Fine Gael, Clare).

Following that referral all but two of the candidates, Mr King and Mr Tallon, furnished the statutory document and gardai were informed.

SIPO also asked gardaí to investigate three other cases — the failure to furnish an election expenses statement, also required under the act. The three referrals for this separate alleged offence were for Mr King, Mr Harpur and Mr Tallon. It is believed that gardaí are investigating the failure by Mr King in Galway West to file the statutory documents.

A second file in relation to Ms Taylor Quinn has also been sent by SIPO to gardaí. In the report it states that her election agent, when furnishing his election expenses statement, stated had he not received “invoices from Ms Quinn”.

SIPO then wrote to Ms Taylor Quinn requesting her to forward the original vouchers to the agent. When they were not received, the file was forwarded to gardaí.

The report states: “While some invoices/receipts were subsequently received from Ms Taylor Quinn on September 21, not all of the relevant invoices were received. The remaining invoices/receipts were received on December 3. However, the clarification of one matter has not yet been settled.

“The standards commission will not certify a reimbursement of election expenses to Ms Taylor Quinn until such time as all outstanding issues in relation to Mr Williams’ election expenses statement has been resolved.”

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