The Freedom of Information Act 2014 requires Freedom of Information (FOI) bodies such as the Standards Commission to publish a disclosure log, which contains details of non-personal requests received under FOI since January 2015 and the decisions made by the body in response to those requests.

Details of the Commission's Disclosure Log are set out in the table below.

Disclosures are listed in order of the date the request was received by the Commission. Please note that, for privacy reasons, identifying information such as the name of the requester is not included in the disclosure log.

Reference Number Date of Request Category of requester Date of Decision Details Released/Withheld Exemptions applied
FOI/2019/01 01/01/2019 Journalist 15/01/2019 Information re investigations under Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 Withdrawn Withdrawn
FOI/2019/02 03/01/2019 Other 29/01/2019 All documentation received by SIPO from the Cavan CDC Fianna Fáil Accounting Unit in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Refused S. 41(1)(a)
FOI/2019/03 14/01/2009 Business/ Interest Groups 21/01/2019 Breakdown by city/county council of European Parliament election votes in 2014 Withdrawn Withdrawn
FOI/2019/04 23/01/2019 Other 19/02/2019 Records re appointment of members of the Commission Refused S. 15(1)(a)
FOI/2019/05 06/02/2019 Client 21/02/2019 Information on visits to the lobbying register site in the past 2 months by the requester Refused S. 15(1)(a)
FOI/2019/06 18/02/2019 Journalist 26/02/2019 Copies of all internal audit reports completed in 2017, 2018, and thus far in 2019 Access granted Record granted in full
FOI/2019/07 06/03/2019 Other 27/03/2019 Number of instances of corruption/misconduct by politicians in Trim Municipal District since 2014 by year Withdrawn Withdrawn
FOI/2019/08 06/03/2019 Other 27/03/2019 Number of instances of corruption/misconduct by politicians in Republic of Ireland since 2014 by year Withdrawn Withdrawn
FOI/2019/09 17/04/2019 Journalist 13/05/2019 Correspondence between the Standards Commission and the HSE and Department of Health re compliance of persons with ethics legislation for 17/04/18 - 17/04/09. Access granted Records granted in full
FOI/2019/10 30/04/2019 Journalist 21/05/2019 Re political parties accepting donations for political purposes despite not being registered to do so (1/4/19 to date). Part-granted Sections 18(1), 32(1)(a) and 37(1)
FOI/2019/11 30/04/2019 Journalist 21/05/2019 Re use of crowd-funding web platforms for the purposes of election campaigns (1/1/19 to date). Part-granted Section 32(1)(a)
FOI/2019/12 05/06/2019 Journalist 28/06/2019 Re payments arising in investigations concerning Councillors John O'Donnell, Joe Queenan and Hugh McElvaney Part-granted Sections 18(1), 36(1)(b) and 37(1)
Reference Number Date of Request Category of requester Date of Decision Details Released/Withheld Exemptions applied
FOI/2018/01 10/01/2018 Journalist 21/02/2018 Correspondence between the Standards in Public Office Commission and the Open Society Foundations in 2017 and so far in 2018; all memorandums and notes of meetings related to grants made by the Open Society Foundations in 2017 and so far in 2018. Refused Sections 32(1)(a) and 41(1)(a)
FOI/2018/02 17/01/2018 Journalist 15/02/2018 A database of all the fixed payment notices issued by SIPO to registrants whose returns have been made late under the Regulation of Lobbying Act. Refused Section 41(1)(b)
FOI/2018/03 19/01/2018 Journalist 27/02/2018 All correspondence SIPO has received or engaged in with reference to Equate - or related bodies or individuals Part-granted Sections 18(1) and 37(1)
FOI/2018/04 22/01/2018 Other 16/02/2018 1. A copy of the register of official lobbyists registered as working within the state for 2013-2018, should they differ from the online list; 2. A copy of a schedule/list of lobbyists registered, who are domiciled in County Kilkenny, should they differ from the online list; 3. In the event that a named person is a registered Lobbyist, a copy of their returns. Refused Section 15(1)(a)
FOI/2018/05 24/01/2018 Other 21/02/2018 All documents, including briefings, minutes, reports, memos and/or correspondence, held by SIPO concerning or originating from the National Women's Council of Ireland between 1/9/17 and the present date). Part-granted Section 41(1)(a)
FOI/2018/06 02/02/2018 Business/Interest Groups 21/02/2018 responses to "RFT 90678 - Ombudsman marketing project - Single Supplier Framework Agreement for the Provision of Marketing/project management/communications consultancy services" (etenders.gov.ie, 9/12/14) Part-granted Sections 18(1) and 36(1)
FOI/2018/07 05/02/2018 Journalist 27/03/2018 1. All correspondence (sent and received) between Sipo and any registered third-parties between 1/8/17 and 5/2/18. 2. All correspondence between Sipo and any groups about their potential status as a third party, or their potential registry as third parties 1/8/17 and 5/2/18. Part-granted Section 15(1)(d), 18(1), 32(1)(a) and 37(1)
FOI/2018/08 05/02/2018 Business/Interest Groups 21/02/2018 Various records re a location in Dundalk, Co Louth Refused Section 15(1)(a)
FOI/2018/09 08/02/2018 Journalist 15/03/2018 all correspondence (both electronic and via post, sent between 1/12/15 and 8/2/18) between Sipo and the following: Open Society Foundations; Amnesty International Ireland; Amnesty International; Irish Family Planning Association; Abortion Rights Campaign; Members of the public; and all internal memos and correspondence within Sipo regarding grants awarded to the above organisations from the Open Society Foundations during the same time period. Part-granted Sections 15(1)(d), 32(1)(a), 35(1)(a), 36(1)(b), 37(1) and 41(1)(b)
FOI/2018/10 08/02/2018 Other 16/03/2018 records dating from 1/4/17 to the date of release of same relating to funds from foreign sources, especially the Open Society Foundations, received by Amnesty Ireland, the Irish Family Planning Association, and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties Refused Sections 15(1)(d) and 32(1)(a)
FOI/2018/11 12/02/2018 Other 08/03/2018 All records from 1/1/16 relating to and all engagements, whether in writing, email, or in the form of minuted meetings, to or from the Standards in Public Office Commission by education lobby group 'Equate' Part-granted Sections 18(1), 32(1)(a), 37(1) and 41(1)(b)
FOI/2018/12 07/03/2018 Other 13/03/2018  A copy of all returns (quarterly returns etc) made to SIPO/Lobbying.ie by registered Lobbyists who engaged in lobbying of Kilkenny county council; and a copy of all subsequent relevant correspondence where applicable. Withdrawn Withdrawn
FOI/2018/13 26/04/2018 Other 10/05/2018 Certain records re current Referendum Commission Transferred Transferred to current Referendum Commission
FOI/2018/14 27/04/2018 Other 18/05/2018 Records re the Honorable Society of Kings Inns Refused S. 15(1)(d) and S. 41(1)(b)
FOI/2018/15 02/05/2018 Journalist 18/05/2018 Records re a named local election candidate Refused S. 15(1)(a)
FOI/2018/16 02/06/2018 Journalist 02/07/2018 Correspondence with social media/technology companies and internal records re online advertising in the run-up to the repeal referendum Part-granted S. 18(1)
FOI/2018/17 06/06/2018 Journalist 03/07/2018 Correspondence sent by SIPO to members of the public/groups and responses re statutory compliance issues re campaign funding re campaigning activities during referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Part-granted S. 18(1), 36(1) and 37(1)
FOI/2018/18 03/07/2018 Journalist 09/07/2018 Correspondence with former public servants seeking exemption from "cooling off" period for working in a lobbying organisation in 2017 or 2018. Refused S. 41(1)(b)
FOI/2018/19 20/07/2018 Journalist 02/08/2018 Records re Equate between 1 January 2017 and 1 January 2018 Part-granted S. 15(1)(d), 18(1), 37(1) and 41(1)(b)
FOI/2018/20 20/07/2018 Journalist 31/08/2018 Internal correspondence and complaints re Amnesty International; correspondence with third parties re Open Society Foundations Part-granted S. 15(1)(d), 18(1), 35(1), 36(1) and 37(1)
FOI/2018/21 12/08/2018 Other 05/09/2018 Money all parties spent on social media advertising in the last two years. Refused S. 41(1)(b)
FOI/2018/22 17/08/2018 Client 13/09/2018 Records of correspondence relating to Equate Part-granted S. 15(1)(d), 18(1), 37(1) and 41(1)(b)
FOI/2018/23 21/08/2018 Journalist 05/11/2018 briefings, reports, recommendations or other such documents prepared for the Commission re Amnesty International Ireland Part-granted S. 15(1)(d) and 18(1)
FOI/2018/24 20/08/2018 Journalist 16/10/2018 Minutes of management meetings 1 August 2017 to date of receipt of the request Part-granted S. 18(1), 37(1) and 41(1)(b)
FOI/2018/25 13/09/2018 Client 03/12/2018 Various records re third parties, Dept of Housing, etc., procedures Withdrawn Withdrawn
FOI/2018/26 23/09/2018 Journalist 16/10/2018 Copies of any reports, memoranda, submissions, recommendations, briefings or other such explanatory/ review documents relating to SIPO's revised set of guidelines for the presidential election Part-granted S. 18(1), 29(1), 31(1)(a) and 37(1)
FOI/2018/27 24/09/2018 Journalist 17/10/2018 Records related to a deleted lobbying return Refused S. 41(1)(b)
FOI/2018/28 15/10/2018 Client 22/11/2018 Records relating to Education Equality and Equal Access to Education CLG (trading as Education Equality) (collectively "Education Equality") for the period from 1 October 2015 to date Part-granted S. 15(1)(d), 18(1), 37(1) and 41(1)(b)
FOI/2018/29 26/10/2018 Journalist 23/11/2018 a copy of any declaration/register of interests made by presenters/employees of RTÉ that is held by SIPO. Refused S. 41(1)(b)
FOI/2018/30 18/02/2019 (Amended request) Journalist 14/03/2019 Copies of correspondence between SIPO and the Houses of the Oireachtas Service/Commission from 1 September 2017 excluding any routine administrative correspondence Access granted Records granted in full
FOI/2018/31 03/12/2018 Journalist 24/11/2018 Copies of all submissions made to SIPO in relation to the public consultation on the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists Refused S. 15(1)(f)
FOI/2018/32 20/12/2018 Other 21/01/2019 Copy of complaint/costs of investigation/information re members of Commission Part-granted S. 12(1)(b), 15(1)(b) & 41(1)(b)
Reference Number Date of Request Category of requester Date of Decision Details Released/Withheld Exemptions applied
FOI/2017/01 18/01/2017 Client 14/02/2017 Copies of sections of the Electoral Acts which state that an election candidate who did not incur expenses or receive donations must provide/complete ''relevant statutory documentation''; transcripts of discussions re decisions by Commission in this regard. Access refused Section 15(1)(a) and 15(1)(d)
FOI/2017/02 19/01/2017 Other 14/02/2017 Names of 66 politicians referred to Gardaí by Commission Access refused Section 15(1)(d)
FOI/2017/03 01/02/2017 Other 21/03/2017 Re funding from the Open Society Foundation to the Irish Family Planning Association, Amnesty International Ireland, and the Abortion Rights Campaign. Access part granted Section 18(1); 35(1); 36(1)
FOI/2017/04 09/02/2017 Other 08/03/2017 Records relating to a press article in the Village Magazine in 2012 about why there were no prosecutions of between 12-20 politicians and businessmen Access refused Section 15(1)(a)
FOI/2017/05 09/02/2017 Other 08/03/2017 Records re allegations of political corruption against a named politician Access refused Section 15(1)(a)
FOI/2017/06 30/03/2017 Journalist 27/04/2017 Re investigation of a councillor Access refused Section 32(1)(a)(ii)
FOI/2017/07 05/04/2017 Other 18/05/2017 Re: Amnesty International Ireland, Amnesty International (Ireland) Foundation, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the Irish Trust for Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms Access part granted Section 18(1); 36(1); 37(1); 41(1)(a)
FOI/2017/08 05/05/2017 Journalist 16/05/2017 Re: audit/spending reports submitted by Independent members of the Oireachtas regarding their expenditure of the parliamentary activities allowance (PAA). Withdrawn Withdrawn
FOI/2017/09 02/06/2017 Journalist 29/06/2017 Re statements of interests for directors of public bodies between 2010 and 2017 Access refused Section 41(1)(b)
FOI/2017/10 19/06/2017 Journalist 30/06/2017 Re correspondence with bodies re third party requirements Access part granted Section 18(1) and 41(1)(a)
FOI/2017/11 20/06/2017 Journalist 29/06/2017 Re: statements submitted by party leaders and Independent Oireachtas members regarding their expenditure of the parliamentary activities allowance (PAA). Access refused Section 15(1)(e)
FOI/2017/12 12/07/2017 Journalist 02/08/2017 Correspondence with TDs and Senators since start of 2016 re expenditure on "entertainment" as part of the PAA and correspondence with Mick Wallace TD since 2016 regarding his use of the PAA Access granted Records granted in full
FOI/2017/13 12/09/2017 Journalist 06/10/2017 Correspondence between SIPO and the Houses of the Oireachtas Service/Commission from 1 January 2016 to date, excluding any routine day-to-day or administrative correspondence Access granted Records granted in full
FOI/2017/14 24/11/2017 Journalist 18/12/2017 Requests to waive the 'cooling-off' period for a designated public official Access refused Section 41(1)(b)
FOI/2017/15 05/12/2017 Journalist 21/12/2017 Number and cost of investigations re board members of Údarás na Gaeltachta, IDA, Enterprise Ireland & Shannon Development Withdrawn Withdrawn
FOI/2017/16 28/12/2017 Other 27/03/2018 All records re Amnesty International Ireland and Amnesty International (Ireland) Foundation from 01/01/17 to date Part-granted Sections 15(1)(d), 32(1)(a), and 41(1)(a)
FOI/2017/17 12/12/2017 Other 09/02/2018 All records re Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Irish Trust for Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms from 01/01/17 to date Part-granted Sections 18(1), 36(1), 37(1) and 41(1)(a)
FOI/2017/18 12/12/2017 Other 09/02/2018 All records re Irish Family Planning Association from 01/01/17 to date Part-granted Sections 18(1), 32(1)(a), 37(1) and 41(1)(a)
FOI/2017/19 12/12/2017 Journalist 19/02/2018 All correspondence to/from SIPO and Amnesty International; the Irish Council for Civil Liberties; and the Irish Family Planning Institute from January 2015 to present Part-granted Sections 15(1)(d), 18(1), 32(1)(a), 35(1), 36(1), 37(1) and 41(1)(a)
FOI/2017/20 12/12/2017 Journalist 19/02/2018 Correspondence between SIPOC and Amnesty Ireland since the start of 2016 in relation to its funding from the Open Society Foundations; correspondence between SIPOC and the Open Society Foundations; correspondence with the Irish Family Planning Association and SIPOC regarding its funding from the Open Society Foundations Part-granted Sections 15(1)(d), 18(1), 32(1)(a), 35(1) and 36(1)
correspondence from other third parties during 2017 in relation to Open Society Foundations funding.
FOI/2017/21 13/12/2017 Journalist 19/02/2018 Any / all submissions drawn-on by SIPO assessors when arriving at the conclusion that Amnesty International Ireland, and other organisations, received 'prohibited donations' under the Electoral Act. Refused Section 32(1)(a)
FOI/2017/22 14/12/2017 Other 12/02/2018 Copy of a letter received re a donation given to Amnesty Ireland by the Open Society Foundations Part-granted Sections 18(1) and 36(1)
FOI/2017/23 21/12/2017 Journalist 20/02/2018 Correspondence between SIPO and the Open Society Foundations - or related bodies or individuals -- in connection with recent dealings with OSF re donations made to three Irish organisations Part-granted Sections 15(1)(d), 18(1), 32(1)(a), 35(1) and 36(1)
FOI/2017/24 29/12/2017 Other 26/01/2018 Copy of report re a donation to Amnesty International Ireland by the Open Society Foundations Refused Section 15(1)(a)
Reference Number Date of Request Category of requester Date of Decision Details Released/Withheld Exemptions applied
FOI/2016/01 11/01/2016 Other 12/02/2016 Information held containing a description of the Application-Programmer Interface (API) used by www.lobbying.ie Access granted One record identified and granted in full
FOI/2016/02 24/02/2016 Journalist 15/04/2016 Copies of any correspondence between SiPOC and the Houses of the Oireachtas relating to use, misuse, or abuse of Leinster House facilities in the run-up to the 2016 general election. Access granted Records granted in full
FOI/2016/03 04/03/2016 Other 07/03/2016 The total expenditure by political parties for campaign posters for the 2016 General Election Withdrawn Withdrawn
FOI/2016/04 04/04/2016 Other 12/04/2016 Details of all donations received by Pat "the Cope" Gallagher and Liam Aylward since the establishment of SiPOC. Withdrawn Withdrawn
FOI/2016/05 05/04/2016 Journalist 01/07/2016 Copies of all statements of expenditure or other documentation submitted by independent deputies and senators in respect of the Leader's Allowance as required under the Oireachtas (Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices) (Amendment) Act 2014 since the legislation was effected Access part granted 15(1)(d)
FOI/2016/06 08/04/2016 Journalist 13/05/2016 Information in respect of advice given to elected Sinn Fein TDs and Senators regarding donations. Access granted Records released in full
FOI/2016/07 21/04/2016 Other 19/05/2016 Information concerning a list of all Irish politicians and companies named in the Panama Papers. Access refused 15(1)(a)
FOI/2016/08 10/05/2016 Journalist 01/07/2016 All financial records in relation to the investigation of Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, former member of Donegal County Council. Access part granted Section 18(1)
FOI/2016/09 16/05/2016 Other 01/07/2016 All records relating to Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland or Permanent TSB  concerning the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. Access part granted Section 13 of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2013
FOI/2016/10 31/05/2016 Journalist 31/05/2016 Correspondence between the Camogie Association and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on funding support for inter county camogie and ladies gaelic football. Withdrawn Transferred to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
FOI/2016/11 17/07/2016 Journalist 12/08/2016 A breakdown of payments made to companies for translation services between 1/1/13- 31/12/15. Access part granted Section 15(1)(d)
FOI/2016/12 23/08/2016 Journalist 05/10/2016 Total fees spent on translation services by SiPOC during 2013, 2014 and 2015. Access granted 2 records granted in full; other records previously released provided administratively outside FOI.
FOI/2016/13 21/09/2016 Journalist 18/10/2016 All financial records held by SiPOC from 10 May to 21 September 2016 in relation to the investigation of Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill. Access part granted Section 18(1)
FOI/2016/14 17/11/2016 Journalist 21/11/2016 Total cost of investigation into alleged contraventions by Mr Tim Caffrey, former Chief Executive, Longford County Council Withdrawn Withdrawn
FOI/2016/15 07/12/2016 Journalist 07/12/2016 Breakdown - by party - of all state funding issued to political parties in the 2016 calendar year; including, if possible, the purpose for which the money was granted/used.  Withdrawn (records do not exist) Withdrawn
FOI/2016/16 15/12/2016 Journalist 13/01/2017 All financial records held by SiPOC from 21 September 2016 to 15 December in relation to the investigation of Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, former member of Donegal County Council Access part granted Section 18(1)
Reference Number Date of Request Category of requester Date of Decision Details Released/Withheld Exemptions applied
FOI/2015/01 16/01/2015 Journalist 20/02/2015 Records in relation to the Investigation carried out into former councillor Dessie Larkin. Access part granted section 22(1)(a) and 41(1)(b) 
FOI/2015/02 02/02/2015 Other 24/02/2015 Information on the expenses of each of the candidates in the Roscommon-South Leitrim Bye-election, which was held on October 10, 2014. Access refused 15(1)(d)
FOI/2015/03 12/02/2015 Journalist 23/02/2015 Records relating to the suggestion by Standards in Public Office Commission (SiPOC) that Ministers be asked to vouch for mileage claims. Granted  
FOI/2015/04 20/08/2015 Other 19/10/2015 Request for three copies on how SiPOC  is regulated, especially guidelines when deciding to prosecute corrupt politicians. Access refused The requester did not provide sufficient particulars to enable the records to be identified.
FOI/2015/05 04/11/2015 Journalist 30/11/2015 The Book of Documents that formed part of the SiPOC investigation into Tim Caffrey, which concluded in October 2015. Access refused Book of Documents refused.
FOI/2015/06 25/11/2015 Journalist 18/12/2015 Details of all investigations launched by SiPOC into the use of supplied stationary by members of Oirechtas during the current Dáil Access refused Records contain information obtained under the Ethics Acts and are not disclosable
FOI/2015/07 11/12/2015 Journalist 22/12/2015 Correspondence to/from SiPOC  with the HSE, Minister for Health, Secretary General at the Department of Health, Irish Medical Organisation, Irish Hospital Consultants Association, TDs, and the Department of An Taoiseach. Withdrawn Withdrawn
FOI/2015/08 10/12/2015 Other 11/01/2016 Information in respect of a number of RTE programmes: Access part granted Section 37(1) and Section 18(1)
14/01/2016 21/04/2016   Refused FOI Act does not permit a second copy of the released records.
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