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Press Release - Standards Commission publishes Annual Report for 2016

The Standards in Public Office Commission today published its fifteenth annual report for the 2016 reporting year. The Commission’s annual report provides a summary of its activities during 2016 under ethics and electoral legislation concerning complaints and investigations, donations, election expenses, state financing of political parties and the registration of third parties and corporate donors. A separate annual report on the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 was published on 3 July 2017.

2016 was a busy year for the Standards Commission, with the Dáil and Seanad elections, the completion of one investigation and the launch of another completed in 2017, and the implementation of new provisions requiring political parties to provide audited statements of accounts to the Commission. The Commission also published a number of statutory reports throughout 2016, including reports on the compliance of unsuccessful candidates in the Dáil and Seanad elections.

As in previous years, the Standards Commission has included in its annual report a number of recommendations for legislative change to the Electoral Act 1997 (as amended) and to the Ethics in Public Office Acts. These changes, if implemented will serve to clarify and strengthen the provisions of the legislation administered by the Commission.

Standards Commission Annual Report 2016

Background

The Standards Commission is the independent body charged with oversight of the Ethics in Public Office Acts (1995 and 2001), the Electoral Act 1997 (as amended) and the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

The members of the Standards Commission are:
Mr Justice Daniel O'Keeffe, Chairperson;
Mr Peter Finnegan, Clerk of Dáil Éireann;
Mr Martin Groves, Cerk of Seanad Éireann; and
Mr Seamus McCarthy, Comptroller and Auditor General;
Mr Jim O'Keefe, former TD; and
Mr Peter Tyndall, Ombudsman

For further information please contact:

Contact: Rebecca Coyle, Press Officer
Standards in Public Office Commission
18 Lower Leeson Street
Dublin 2
D02 HE97
Telephone: 01 - 6395666