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Political Parties Disclose Donations Received in 2014

Figures released today by the Standards in Public Office Commission show that political parties disclosed donations worth €166,392 for 2014.

Donations disclosed came to the following total amounts:

Party

Total donations disclosed

Anti - Austerity Alliance13,400
Fine  Gael102,567
Green Party3,600
People before Profit Alliance2,500
Sinn Féin1,520
Stop the Water Tax – Socialist Party30,405
The Labour Party5,000
United Left2,500
Workers and Unemployed Action4,900
Total166,392

No other party disclosed any donations in 2014.

There were 18 political parties registered during 2014 to contest Dáil or European elections. Each of these parties was required to furnish a Donation Statement in respect of 2014 to the Commission by 31 March 2015. Donations exceeding €1,500 in value received by them during 2014 were required to be disclosed. The maximum value of donations which a political party could accept from the same donor in the same year was €2,500. Four parties (Communist Party of Ireland, Direct Democracy Ireland, Independents for Equality Movement and the Workers’ Party) failed to furnish the required documentation to the Commission by the specified date. Of these four, Direct Democracy Ireland has not yet submitted the required statutory documentation and the Commission referred a file on the matter to the Gardaí on 1 May 2015.

 

Accounting units

An accounting unit is a branch or other subsidiary organisation of a political party which receives a donation in excess of €100 in any year. An accounting unit, on receipt of a monetary donation in excess of €100, must open and maintain a political donations account in a financial institution in the State. By 31 March each year, a statement from the financial institution in which the account is held together with a Certificate of Monetary Donations must be furnished to the Commission.

As a consequence of section 23(B)(8) of the Act, 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 nor put on public display. However, the Commission having analysed the returns for 2014 submitted to it has decided to publish aggregate figures for those political parties with a significant number of accounting units. This is to illustrate the need for further refinement of existing legislation to ensure that a reasonably accurate picture of political party finances is available to the public.

The table below gives details of the position with regard to the number of accounting units of the larger parties from which the Commission received returns for 2014. At the time of writing some 17 accounting units had failed to submit complete bank statements to the Commission and the table below does not show the total amount of funds held by all accounting units. The Commission is in continuing correspondence with those accounting units that have failed to furnish complete documentation.

Political Party (total no. of accounting units)No of accounting unit bank statements  received

Opening bank balance (of all returns received) *

Year end bank balance (of all returns received) *

Anti – Austerity Alliance (9)81,0731,674
Fianna Fáíl (38)36346,216187,169
Fine Gael (53)48519,063314,357
Green Party (18)1444,52932,357
Sinn Féin (15)122,6183,914
The Labour Party (37)35130,35882,934
Others (6)67,0712,499
Total (176)1591,050,928624,904

*Recorded from bank statements

The Commission's report gives details of the donations disclosed by political parties. Donation Statements furnished to the Commission may be inspected and copied by members of the public at its offices at 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2. The report and the donations statements are available here.

 

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