There is an editorial in today’s Irish Times headed ‘Political corruption’. It comes following the recent report from Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), a body within the Council of Europe. The report once again notes Ireland’s opaque political funding system. GRECO have been saying the same thing for nearly a decade, nothing of significance has been done.
The political funding system in Ireland is monitored by the Standards in Public Office Commission. I have previously written about the poor standard of SIPO’s work here [See – “25% isn’t a bad standard, is it SIPO?“] – it’s partially down to a lack of funding from Government for the office, they have less than ten staff, I believe. Oh the irony, the office responsible for ensuring political funding meets a certain standard of transparency is under-funded thus operating below standard…
Elaine Byrne also had a piece part-related to the GRECO report also in the Times this week, you can read that here.
Lastly, in the early days of this blog I wrote an article headed “Want to bypass our donations system? No problem“, it is also on the subject of political donations.