Press Release - Annual Disclosure of Donations received in 2016 by TDs, Senators and MEPS

Under the Electoral Act, 1997, public representatives who are members of the Houses of the Oireachtas or the European Parliament must disclose to the Standards in Public Office Commission (the Standards Commission) details of donations they receive above a certain value. The Standards Commission has today published a report on the donation disclosures in 2016, which also includes information on other donations required to be disclosed.

Public representatives’ donation statements

A total of 259 public representatives —  158 TDs, 60 Senators and 11 Members of the European Parliament, 19 former TDs and 11 former Senators were required to make donation statements by 31 January 2017.  All of these individuals are in substantive compliance, although a number were late filing returns.

Under the Act public representatives may not accept donations in any year of more than €200 in cash, and not more than €1,000 in total value from a single source.  They must disclose any donations valued at (or totalling) €600 or more received from an individual source. Forty- two public representatives disclosed donations with a total value of €72,969.00. This amount is more than double the 2015 donation total of €33,870.00, which may be attributed to the 2016 General Election.

There were no disclosed donations that exceeded the maximum limit of €1,000.00. 

Public representatives cannot accept donations from outside the island of Ireland unless given by an Irish citizen. In 2016, nine Irish donors residing elsewhere made donations.

Public representatives can only accept donations from corporate donors that are registered as such with the Commission. 

Donors’ donation statements

Donors must make donation statements in respect of any year in which they make donations exceeding €1,500.00 to two or more members of the same political party, or to a party and one or more of its members. 

Eight donation statements were received from donors in respect of 2016. The total value of donations disclosed was €37,274.00.  

The Standards Commission's report and individual Donation Statements are available at http://www.sipo.ie/en/reports/annual-disclosures/disclosure-by-tds,-senators-and-meps/2016-donations-disclosed/

Background

The Standards in Public Office Commission is an independent body responsible for overseeing the Ethics in Public Office Acts, the Regulation of Lobbying Act and the Electoral Act 1997 (as amended). The Standards Commission was created by the 2001 Standards in Public Office Act.

Contact: Adam Conway, Press Officer
Standards in Public Office Commission
18 Lower Leeson Street
Dublin 2
D02 HE97
Telephone: 01 - 6395666