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(...)

One of the prime causes of the building and banking crash that inflicted such harm was the cosy, inter-linked relationship between government and thos(...)

Election posters outside Government Buildings in Dublin as the 2016 general election campaign gets underway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Crowdfunding may be more commonly associated with the latest innovations and technology – or indeed cat cafes – but it has also been used to good effe(...)

The total paid by the Exchequer to non-party members of the Dáil and Seanad in 2014 was €812,989 - €563,859 to TDs and €249,000 to non-party members of the Seanad. Photograph: Thinkstock

The number of complaints of alleged unethical behaviour by politicians received by the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) increased slightly(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin. A Fianna Fáil spokesman said all of its fundraising for 2014 came under the €1,500 limit, above which donations must be publicly declared.

Fianna Fáil was the only major political party not to receive a donation last year above the €1,500 threshold which requires such contributions to be (...)

Renua Ireland president Eddie Hobbs said it was difficult for new parties to get up and running, indeed it was “near, but not quite, impossible”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Renua Ireland president Eddie Hobbs has appealed for €1 million in donations to fund the party’s general election campaign – with €20,000 being immedi(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has launched the new site, lobbying.ie. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Thousands of companies and organisations will be required to declare on the new online register of lobbying which has been launched by Minister for Pu(...)

Electioneering costs money and parties still manage to raise substantial amounts of private funding. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On the face of it rules about Irish political funding are among the strictest in the world. Since the Electoral Act 2007, the limits on funds received(...)

Gerry Adams, following the presidential address at last year’s Sinn Féin ardfheis, with (from left) Mary Lou McDonald, Liadh Ní Riada, Martina Anderson, Martin McGuinness,and Lynn Boylan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin has received more than €5 million in State funding and private donations since 2011 but also strengthens its operation through TDs and Senat(...)

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