Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald TD at the switching on of the Oireachtas Christmas tree lights at Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The law should be changed to ensure the conduct of politicians can be investigated even after they leave office, the Fianna Fáil leader has said. Mic(...)

Seán Canney: Under “expenditure on policy formulation”, Mr Canney listed different restaurants such as Bang (€140), the Sussex (€208), Matt the Thresher (€332), The Ivy (€92), La Cave (€86) and Fire (€122). Photograph: Alan Betson

A Minister of State submitted receipts from leading restaurants near Leinster House as part of “expenditure on policy formulation” permitted under Sta(...)

 Sean Gallagher said the presidency should be as ‘transparent as possible because after all, it is taxpayer’s money’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Presidential candidate Sean Gallagher has listed the directorships of four different companies as his main occupation in a declaration to the Standard(...)

Sherry Perreault,  head of lobbying regulation at the Standards in Public Office Commission. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The State’s ethics watchdog is concerned that it is too easy for senior public servants to leave their roles and immediately move into lobbying positi(...)

A choose life section has been added to the www.catholicbishops.ie website

The Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) has been urged to examine the funding of the Catholic bishops’ referendum campaign in support of reta(...)

Former Gay and Lesbian Equality Network director Kieran Rose, who failed to disclose support from the organisation worth about €11,500 which he received during his Seanad election campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) has confirmed it is not investigating Kieran Rose, a former director of the Gay and Lesbian Equality (...)

Amnesty International’s director in Ireland, Colm O’Gorman, argues the Sipo legislation has recently been “weaponised” against a number of campaigning and advocacy organisations, including his own. Photograph: Alan Betson

Amnesty International Ireland’s refusal to comply with a directive from the Standards in Public Office commission (Sipo) that it should return a donat(...)

George Soros: Amnesty said the Soros grant accounts for nearly 2.5%  of its total annual income, but returning it would set ‘a dangerous precedent’. Photograph: AFP/Getty

The chief executive of Amnesty International in Ireland said the organisation will challenge an instruction by the State’s ethics watchdog to return a(...)

George Soros: Amnesty said the Soros grant accounts for nearly 2.5 per cent of its total annual income, but returning it would set “a dangerous precedent”. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/AFP/Getty Images

Amnesty International has said it will not obey an instruction by the State’s ethics watchdog to return a donation from billionaire George Soros to fu(...)

Fine Gael’s extensive use of focus groups to road test its policies and election slogans, such as the ‘keep the recovery going’ phrase,  was criticised by some TDs in the aftermath of a poor election for the party. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Fine Gael spent over €200,000 of state funding on opinion polling and focus groups last year, in the run up to February’s general election. The party(...)

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