2011 Press Releases

A public sitting of the Standards in Public Office Commission for the purpose of its investigation of alleged contraventions of the Ethical Framework for the Local Government Service (Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001) by Councillor Oisín Quinn, Dublin City Council, will be held at the offices of the Standards in Public Office Commission, 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, on Monday 19 December 2011 at 10:30 am.
Figures released today by the Standards Commission in a report to the Ceann Comhairle show that 9 unsuccessful candidates in the Seanad general election disclosed donations (exceeding the disclosure threshold of €634.87) on their Donation Statements totalling €22,246. This compares to the €48,216 disclosed in respect of the previous Seanad general election in 2007.
Figures released by the Standards Commission in a report to the Ceann Comhairle show that election expenses of €9.28m were disclosed by candidates and political parties at the 2011 general election, a decrease of almost 16% on the €11.08m figure reported for the 2007 election, even though there were 100 additional candidates in 2011.
The Standards Commission should be allowed to report under the Ethics Acts directly to the Houses of the Oireachtas, rather than to the Minister for Finance as at present, says Mr Justice M. P. Smith, Chairman of the Standards in Public Office Commission, in the ninth annual report of the Standards Commission published today.
TDs, Senators, MEPs disclosed donations with a total value of €99,843 for 2010 according to figures published today by the Standards Commission. The donations included money and use of property or services. Only donations valued at more than €634.87 require to be disclosed. If the same donor makes more than one donation to the same TD, Senator or MEP during a calendar year, the values of the donations must be aggregated and disclosure made if the total is greater than €634.87.
Political parties received a total of €13,480,748 in state funding for 2010, according to figures released today by the Standards Commission. The money was paid to the parties under the Electoral Acts and under the Party Leaders Allowance legislation.
Figures released today by the Standards in Public Office Commission show that political parties disclosed donations worth €67,907.55 for 2010. This is the lowest figure ever disclosed since the law requiring disclosure was commenced in 1997.
Figures released in a report on 21 April 2011 by the Standards in Public Office Commission (Standards Commission) show that total expenditure disclosed by election agents and national agents at the Donegal South West bye-election amounted to €115,042.73. In addition, the Pro Life Campaign incurred expenses of €2,532.65.
The Committee on Members' Interests of Seanad Éireann resolved at its meeting on 13 October 2010, pursuant to section 22(5) of the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995 as amended, that two complaints it had received concerning claims made by former Senator Ivor Callely under the Members' Mobile Phones Direct Purchase Scheme should be investigated by the Standards in Public Office Commission.
The Standards Commission has today published its investigation report about alleged contraventions of the Ethical Framework for the Local Government Service (Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001) and the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001 by Councillor Terence Slowey, Donegal County Council. The report follows an investigation hearing held on 14 March 2011
The Standards Commission has today published its investigation report about alleged contraventions of the Ethical Framework for the Local Government Service (Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001) and the Ethics Acts by Mr Kieran Lynn, Senior Executive Engineer, Mayo County Council. The report follows investigation hearings held on 8 November and 13 December 2010.
A public sitting of the Standards in Public Office Commission for the purpose of its investigation of alleged contraventions of the Ethical Framework for the Local Government Service (Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001) and the Ethics Acts by Councillor Terence Slowey, Donegal County Council, will be held at the offices of the Standards in Public Office Commission, 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, on Monday 14 March 2011 at 2:00 pm.
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