2012 Press Releases

In the tenth annual report of the Standards in Public Office Commission published today, the Chairman of the Commission, Mr Justice M. P. Smith notes that in a Eurobarometer poll (76.1) conducted in September 2011, 86% of Irish people surveyed agreed with the statement that corruption is a major problem in this country. He states that if our trust in public institutions is to be restored and our international reputation improved, then progress in reforming our anti-corruption legislation, including our ethics and electoral legislation, is absolutely essential.
Political parties received a total of €12,664,793 in state funding for 2011, 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. Five parties (Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Sinn Féin, The Green Party and the Labour Party) received funding of €5,453,391 under the Electoral Acts and seven parties (Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, People before Profit Alliance, Sinn Féin, The Green Party, The Labour Party and the Socialist Party) received €7,211,402 under the Party Leader's Allowance legislation. The attached table shows the amounts received by qualified political parties for 2011 under the Electoral Acts and the Party Leader's Allowance legislation.
Figures released today by the Standards in Public Office Commission show that political parties disclosed donations worth €30,997 for 2011. This is the lowest figure ever disclosed since the law requiring disclosure was commenced in 1997, despite the fact that 2011 was a general election year.
The Standards Commission has today published its investigation report about contraventions by Senator Pat O'Neill of section 21 of the Standards in Public Office Act 2001. Senator O'Neill failed to comply with his obligations under section 21(1) of the 2001 Act to furnish evidence of compliance with taxation legislation to the Standards Commission within nine months of the date of his election, i.e., no later than 26 January 2012.
TDs, Senators, MEPs disclosed donations with a total value of €378,920 for 2011 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.
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) by Councillor Oisín Quinn, Dublin City Council. The report follows an investigation hearing held on 19 December 2011.
Figures released in a report on 14 February 2012 by the Standards in Public Office Commission show that total expenditure disclosed by election agents and national agents at the Dublin West bye-election amounted to €143,571.02. The total donations disclosed amounted to €22,608.00. The Standards Commission found no evidence that any election agent or national agent overspent at the election.
Figures released in a report on 14 February 2012 by the Standards in Public Office Commission show that total expenditure disclosed by presidential election agents at the presidential election amounted to €2,318,577.09. The total donations disclosed amounted to €304,570.75. The Standards Commission found no evidence that any presidential election agent overspent at the election