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Press Release - Report on Parliamentary Activities Allowance 2016 of Political Parties and Independent Members

The Standards Commission today released a report on the state funding of political parties and independent members under the parliamentary activities allowance legislation.

The total funding made available in 2016 to the parliamentary party leaders of the nine qualifying parties (Anti-Austerity Alliance - People before Profit, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, the Green Party, Independents 4 Change, Sinn Féin, Social Democrats, Socialist Party and the Labour Party) amounted to €7.215 million

A qualifying party is defined in the Act as a political party, registered in the Register of Political Parties, which contested the last preceding general election and which had at least one member elected to Dáil Éireann or elected or nominated to Seanad Éireann.

The funding made available to non-party members of the Dáil during 2016 amounted to a total of €640,887

The funding made available to non-party members of the Seanad during 2015 amounted to a total of €249,159

Total spending during the year, by parties and independent members, was €8.034 million.

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.

Details of the funding, how it was spent and the accompanying Statements of Expenditure and Auditors’ Reports are contained in the report published today by the Standards Commission.  This report is available at http://www.sipo.ie/en/Reports/State-Financing/Funding-received-under-Parliamentary-Activities-Allowance/2016-Expenditure-of-the-Parliamentary-Activities-Allowance/

Contact: Adam Conway, Press Officer

Standards in Public Office Commission
18 Lower Leeson Street
Dublin 2

Telephone: 01 - 6395666
e-mail: sipo@sipo.ie
Twitter:  @SIPOCIreland