Guidelines for the Presidential Election - 2011

Published  October 2011

(Published July 2018) Please note donation limits quoted in the guidelines, have now been updated.

The limits were amended by the Electoral (Amendment)(Political Funding) Act 2012 and are now as follows:

Political donations accountOn receipt of a donation of €100 a political donations account must be opened (if one has not already been opened) by a candidate.
Cash donations€200 is the maximum cash donation that may be accepted by a candidate in any calendar year from a donor.
Corporate donors€200 is the maximum donation that may be accepted by a candidate in any calendar year from a corporate donor unless the corporate donor is registered in the Register of Corporate Donors maintained by the Commission
Individual donors• All donations received by a candidate exceeding €600 must be disclosed on the Donation Statement.

€1,000 is the maximum donation that may be accepted by a candidate in a particular year from an individual or corporate donor
Multiple donationsWhere a donor makes a donation to two or more recipients (multiple members of the same party or to one or more party members and the party itself), the aggregate value of which exceeds €1,500, he/she is required to submit a donation form to the Commission under section 24(1)(a)
Prohibited donations• An anonymous donation exceeding €100 cannot be accepted

• Foreign donations, of any value, cannot be accepted from outside the island of Ireland, other than from an Irish citizen or from a business outside the island of Ireland unless it maintains an office on the island of Ireland from which at least one of its principal activities is directed.

Candidates and Election agents

27 October 2011

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Presidential Guidelines 2011

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