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Political Reporter

The developer behind Dublin’s Convention Centre and the head of Chadwick’s hardware are among those who have made personal donations to politicians.

TDs, senators, and MEPs must disclose any donations of €600 or more that they receive each year.

A total of 16 public representatives disclosed donations, with a total net value of €33,870, for 2015, according to information released by the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo).

Among the individual donations, which cannot exceed €1,000, was a payment from businessman Harry Crosbie, who developed the Convention Centre and much of Dublin’s Docklands. Mr Crosbie, with an address at Hanover Quay, Dublin 2, donated the maximum of €1,000 to then senator Michael D’Arcy, who has since been elected to the Dáil .

Michael Chadwick, the non-executive chairman of construction supplies firm the Grafton Group, which takes in the Chadwick’s hardware chain, made donations to each of the three elected Social Democrat TDs last year. Mr Chadwick, worth an estimated €208m, made payments of €1,000 each to Roisín Shortall, Stephen Donnelly, and Catherine Murphy.

It had been previously reported that Mr Chadwick, with an address in Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow, handed over €21,000 to the party since it was established last year. This included donations to the three elected TDs and to other candidates who ran for the Social Democrats in the general elections.

Under Sipo regulations, politicians cannot receive cash donations in excess of €200. Labour Party member and former junior minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin received €1,000 in cash, but returned €800 to comply with rules.

Likewise, another former Labour junior minister, Ged Nash, received a donation from a company that was not registered with Sipo as a corporate donor. He returned the money.

Former environment minister Alan Kelly received a €1,000 donation from the US. Newly-appointed Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe was given four donations of €1,000 each from individuals in England. Both politicians confirmed the donors were Irish citizens.


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