TDs and senators declare almost €6,500 in donations
MEMBERS of the Dáil and Seanad disclosed donations totalling almost €6,500 for 2018.
That's according to the latest report from political watchdog the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo).
Labour TD Alan Kelly declared the highest sum of €1,990.
That comprises of two €995 donations, one from his brother Declan Kelly and the other from the US-based but Tipperary-born businessman Michael Madden.
Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Darragh O'Brien declared a total of €1,590 in donations.
That included €740 from constituents Leo Neary who has an address in Lusk and €850 from Barry O'Donoghue who is in Malahide.
The party's justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan got a €1,000 donation from the Fianna Fáil's Dublin Bay South branch.
Sinn Féin senator Pádraig MacLochlainn received a €1,000 donation from a business called Donegal Office Services, a registered corporate donor.
Independent TD Mattie McGrath declared a €900 donation from Donal O'Driscoll who is based in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
TDs and Senators disclosed donations coming to a combined total of €6,480.
Under the rules public representatives may not accept donations in any year of more than €200 in cash, and not more than €1,000 in total value from a single source.
They must disclose any donations valued at - or totalling - €600 or more received from an individual source.