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Political parties declare 160,000 euro in donations

The Standards in Public Office Commission has issued its annual report.

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Standards in Public Office Commission has revealed political party donations (PA)

Standards in Public Office Commission has revealed political party donations (PA)

Standards in Public Office Commission has revealed political party donations (PA)

Political parties in Ireland received donations of 159,819 euro last year.

In its annual report, the Standards in Public Office Commission said there were 19 political parties registered during 2018 to contest Dail or European elections.

Each of the parties were required to complete a donation statement to the Commission by the end of March this year, disclosing donations exceeding 1,500 euro in value received during 2018.

As of the March 31 deadline, 15 political parties had complied fully with the statutory requirements. The remaining four statements were received by April 15.

The maximum value of donations which a political party may accept from the same donor in the same year is 2,500 euro.

According to the figures, Fine Gael received the highest in donations at 81,899 euro.

Sinn Fein followed with 48,470 euro, the Labour Party received 22,150 euro, Workers and Unemployed Action accepted 4,800 euro and Fianna Fail gained 2,500 euro.

Fine Gael’s Josepha Madigan received the largest donation in her party of 2,296 euro, ahead of Leo Varadkar’s 1,992 euro.

A number of Labour Party TDs received 2,400 euro in donations, while Sinn Fein’s Denise Mitchell and Senator Paul Gavan received the highest donations with 2,665 euro each.

Workers and Unemployed Action councillor Pat English and TD Seamus Healy both received 2,400 in donations.

In accordance with the legislation, details of Certificates of Monetary Donations and bank statements furnished to the Commission by political parties and their accounting units are not laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas or put on public display.

The aggregate closing balance held by accounting units in relation to 2018 was 1,150,073 million euro.

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