Press Release - Annual Disclosure of Donations received in 2017 by TDs, Senators and MEPS

Standards Commission reports on donations received in 2017 by TDs, Senators and MEPS

Under the Electoral Act 1997 (as amended), 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 donation disclosures for 2017. The report also contains information on other donations required to be disclosed.

Public representatives’ donation statements

For the 2017 reporting period, a total of 229 public representatives — 158 TDs, 60 Senators and 11 Members of the European Parliament – were required to make donation statements by 31 January 2018.  All of these individuals are in substantive compliance, although a number filed returns after the deadline.

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. For 2017, seven public representatives disclosed donations with a total value of €6,360.

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

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

The Standards Commission's report and individual Donation Statements may be viewed online at,-Senators-and-MEPs/2017-Donations-disclosed-/


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.

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