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Date set for publication of Northern Ireland party donations

Donations to Northern Ireland political parties are to be published on Monday, March 12.

On Wednesday the Transparency of Donations & Loans (NI Political Parties) Order 2018 was passed in parliament allowing the Electoral Commission to publish donation details.

The new measures compel Northern Ireland parties to publish all donations and loans over £7,500 from July 1, 2017.

It had been argued the donations published should go back to July 2014, as had been originally intended, but this was later amended.

The Electoral Commission said it intended to publish details of all donations between July 1, 2017 and 31 December 2017 on Monday.

Unlike the rest of the UK, the identities of party donors in Northern Ireland have historically remained secret due to concerns over security.

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