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State funding of political parties and independent members under the electoral legislation (political parties only) and the parliamentary activities allowance legislation

June 2016

Political parties received €12.286 million in state funding for 2015, according to figures released today by the Standards Commission. The money was paid to the parties under the Electoral Act 1997, as amended, and under the Parliamentary Activities Allowance legislation. Independent Members of Dáil Éireann received €561,728 and Independent Members of Seanad Éireann received €252,540 under the Parliamentary Activities Allowance legislation. The Standards Commission does not have a role in the allocation of this funding, but it has a supervisory role in relation to the spending of the funds.

Funding under the Electoral Act 1997, as amended.

Four parties (Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and The Labour Party) received funding of

€5.456 million under the electoral legislation in 2015 - see the table below for a breakdown. The funding is not subject to income tax and may not be used for electoral or referendum purposes.

Details of the funding and how it was spent are contained in the report published today by the Standards Commission. This report is available on www.sipo.ie.

Funding under the Parliamentary Activities Allowance legislation.

The total funding made available in 2015 to the Parliamentary Party Leaders of the eight qualifying parties (Anti-Austerity Alliance, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, People before Profit Alliance, Anti-Austerity Alliance/People before Profit, Sinn Féin, Stop the Water Tax – Socialist Party and The Labour Party) amounted to €6.830 million - see the table below for a breakdown. The funding made available to non-party members of the Dáil during 2015 amounted to a total of €561,728. The funding made available to non-party members of the Seanad during 2015 amounted to a total of €252,540.

Details of the funding and how it was spent are contained in the report published today by the Standards Commission. This report is available on www.sipo.ie.

The Statements of Expenditure and Auditors' Reports furnished to the Standards Commission in respect of both headings may be inspected and copied by members of the public at its offices at 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2. The information is also available on the Commission's website (www.sipo.ie).

Amounts received by qualified political parties for 2015

under the Electoral Act 1997, as amended

PartyFianna FáilFine GaelSinn FéinThe Labour PartyTotal
 €000€000€000€000€000
Funding received for 2015 under Electoral Act 1997, as amended1,1682,2817201,2875,456

Amounts received by Parliamentary Leaders of qualified political parties for 2015

under Parliamentary Activities Allowance

Party

Amount received for 2015

€000

Anti-Austerity Alliance48
Fianna Fáil1,539
Fine Gael2,394
People before Profit Alliance86
Anti-Austerity Alliance/ People before Profit64
Sinn Féin976
Stop the Water Tax – Socialist Party132
The Labour Party1,591
Total6,830

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