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Disclosable interests under the Ethics Acts

66.   The following are the interests which are referred to in paragraph 18, being the interests specified in the Second Schedule to the 1995 Act.  It should be noted that it will not be necessary to specify in a statement of interests the amount or monetary value of any interest or the remuneration of any trade, profession, employment, vocation or other occupation included in the statement.  A reference in this paragraph to "during the appropriate period" means during the period to be covered by the statement of interests.

(a)     Occupational income, etc.

A remunerated trade, profession, employment, vocation or other occupation (other than that specified in paragraph 17) of the person concerned at any time during the appropriate period where the remuneration to the person, e.g. pay, pension, benefits-in-kind, rental income, etc., during the period exceeded €2,600.

(b)    Shares, etc.

A holding by the person concerned of shares, bonds, debentures, or other like investments in any particular company or other enterprise or undertaking, with an aggregate nominal or market value in excess of €13,000 at any time during the appropriate period.  Holding does not include money in a current, deposit or other similar account with a financial institution but does include a holding in unit trusts or managed funds.

(c)      Directorships

A directorship or shadow directorship of any company held by the person concerned at any time during the appropriate period.

(d)      Land (including premises)

Any interest in land of the person concerned, including land in the State and land in any other jurisdiction, being an interest that exceeded in value €13,000 at any time during the appropriate period.  This includes an interest in any contract for the purchase of land, whether or not a deposit or part payment has been made under the contract.  It also includes an interest in any option held to purchase land, whether or not any consideration has been paid in respect thereof, or land in respect of which such an option has been exercised but which has not been conveyed.

A person is not required under this heading to disclose information regarding his or her private home or that of a spouse or civil partner and any subsidiary or ancillary land to such home that is not being used or developed primarily for commercial purposes.  Also excluded is a holiday home and any other private home used by the person or his or her family and any land that is subsidiary or ancillary to it which is required for its amenity or convenience and is not being used or developed primarily for commercial purposes.

 

(e)      Gifts

A gift, or gifts from the same person, given to the person concerned during the appropriate period where the value, or the aggregate value, exceeded €650.

Excluded from this requirement is a gift given to the person, for purely personal reasons, by a relative or civil partner or friend of the person or of his or her spouse or civil partner or child or of the spouse's child (child being a son or daughter of any age), unless acceptance of the gift could have materially influenced the person in the performance of his or her official functions.

 

(f)       Property and services

Property supplied or lent or a service supplied to the person concerned, once or more than once by the same person, during the appropriate period, where the consideration or price was less than the commercial consideration or price by more than €650.  Also included is property lent or a service supplied free of charge where the commercial consideration or price would have been more than €650.

Excluded is property supplied or lent or a service supplied to the person, as a gift for purely personal reasons, by a relative or civil partner or friend of the person or of his or her spouse or civil partner or child or of the spouse's child, unless acceptance could have materially influenced the person in the performance of his or her official functions.

 

If services disclosed relate to legal or medical services (including psychiatric or psychological services) it will be sufficient to state that the services were supplied.  No further details will be required.

 

(g)       Travel facilities, etc.

Travel facilities, living accommodation, meals or entertainment supplied to the person concerned during the appropriate period free of charge or at less than the commercial price.

Excluded are:

 

•      travel facilities, living accommodation, meals or entertainment supplied, by the same person, once or more than once, free of charge during the appropriate period where the commercial price or the aggregate of the commercial prices was less than €650, or supplied where the price paid was less than the commercial price by not more than €650;

•      travel facilities, living accommodation, meals or entertainment provided:

(i)       within the State,

(ii)      in the course and for the purpose of performing the person's official functions, or

(iii)     in the course and for the purpose of any trade, profession, employment or other occupation of the person;

 

•      travel facilities, living accommodation, meals or entertainment supplied as a gift for personal reasons by a relative or civil partner or friend of the person or of his or her spouse or civil partner or child or of the spouse's child, unless the acceptance of such might reasonably be seen to have been capable of influencing the person in the performance of his or her official functions.

 

(h)      Remunerated position

         A remunerated position held by the person concerned as a political or public affairs lobbyist, consultant or adviser during the appropriate period.

(i)       Contracts

         Any contract, or contracts, for the supply of goods or services to a Minister of the Government or a public body during the appropriate period, to which the person concerned was a party or in which he or she was interested in any other way, directly or indirectly, if the aggregate value of the goods or services supplied to a Minister of the Government or a public body during the appropriate period exceeded €6,500.