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1. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties?
  • CodeYes
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2. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to candidates?
  • CodeYes
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3. Is there a ban on corporate donations to political parties?
  • CodeNo
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4. Is there a ban on corporate donations to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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5. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to political parties?
  • CodeNo
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6. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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7. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes, above certain threshold
  • CommentBan on anonymous donations exceeding EUR 100 [I$ 103]
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8. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to candidates?
  • CodeYes, above certain threshold
  • CommentBan on anonymous donations exceeding ?100 [I$ 103].
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9. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to political parties?
10. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to candidates?
11. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to political parties?
12. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to candidates?
13. Is there a ban on the use of state resources in favour or against a political party or candidate?
  • CodeYes
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14. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period?
  • CodeYes, for both natural and legal persons
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    Political parties must not accept more than ?2,500 [I$2,590] from any person, directly or indirectly, during a particular year.

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    Art 9, 'Section 23A (inserted by section 49(d) of the Act of 2001) ofthe Act of 1997 is amended by substituting the following subsectionfor subsection (1):?(1) Without prejudice to subsection (2), none of the followingpersons, namely?(a) a member of either House of the Oireachtas,(b) a member of the European Parliament,(c) a candidate at a D?il, Seanad or European election,(d) a political party,(e) a third party, or(f) an accounting unit,shall, directly or through any intermediary, accept from a particularperson in a particular year?(i) a donation the value of which exceeds, in case thefirst-mentioned person falls within paragraph (a),(b), or (c), ?1,000,(ii) a donation the value of which exceeds, in case thefirst-mentioned person falls within paragraph (d),(e), or (f), ?2,500, or(iii) a donation of cash of an amount which exceeds?200.?.' (Source: Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Act 2012)

15. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period, what is the limit?
  • Code Annual limit is €2,500 [I$2,590]
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16. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election?
17. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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18. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate?
19. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate, what is the limit?
  • Code Annual limit is €1,000 [I$1,030]
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20. Is there a limit on the amount a candidate can contribute to their own election campaign?
21. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to political parties?
22. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to candidates?
23. Is there a ban on political parties engaging in commercial activities?
24. Is there a ban on political parties taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
25. Is there a ban on candidates taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
26. Is there a ban on donors to political parties/candidates participating in public tender/procurement processes?
27. Are there provisions requiring donations to go through the banking system?

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28. Are there provisions for direct public funding to political parties?
  • CodeYes, regularly
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29. What are the eligibility criteria for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeShare of votes in previous election
  • CommentThe party must have received 2% of the first preference votes at the last D?il general election.
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30. What is the allocation calculation for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeProportional to votes received
  • CommentProportional to the number of first preference votes received.
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31. What are the provisions on 'ear marking' direct public funding to political parties (how it should be used)?
  • CodeOngoing party activities | Promotion of women and young persons participation.
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32. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeYes
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33. What criteria determine allocation for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeNumber of candidates | Votes Received
  • CommentVotes won in preceding election and number and geographical spread of candidates.
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34. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for candidates?
  • CodeYes
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35. Are there provisions for any other form of indirect public funding?
  • Code Elected officials have access to certain facilities, though anything used for election purposes should be accounted as such.
  • CommentElected officials have access to certain facilities, though anything used for election purposes should be accounted as such.
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36. Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties tied to gender equality among candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentParties lose 50% of their funding if they have less than 30% of candidates of any gender (rule introduced in 2012). The law states that the 30% will increase to 40% at some time after 2020).
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37. Are there provisions for other financial advantages to encourage gender equality in political parties?
  • CodeOther
  • CommentA requirement on spending on promotion of women participation is included in the general direct public funding, though this is not further specified.
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38. Is there a ban on vote buying?
  • CodeYes
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39. Are there limits on the amount a political party can spend?
  • CodeNo
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40. If there are limits on the amount a political party can spend, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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41. Are there limits on the amount a candidate can spend?
  • CodeYes
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42. If there are limits on the amount a candidate can spend, what is the limit?
  • Code European election: EUR 230.000 [I$ 238,000] 3 seat constituency at a Dáil general or by-election: EUR 30,150 [I$ 31,000]; 4 seat constituency at a Dáil general or by-election: EUR 37,650 [I$ 39,000]; 5 seat constituency at a Dáil general or by-election: EUR 45,200 [I$ 47,000].
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43. Are there limits on the amount that third parties can spend on election campaign activities?
44. Are there limits on traditional media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
45. Are there limits on online media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
46. Do any other restrictions on online media advertisement (beyond limits) exist?

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47. Do political parties have to report regularly on their finances?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentA party that receives more than?EUR 126.97 [I$ 130] in donations in a year has to report on its finances.
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48. Do political parties have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
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49. Do candidates have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
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50. Do third parties have to report on election campaign finances?
51. Is information in reports from political parties and/or candidates to be made public?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentThough donations will only be disclosed if they exceed a certain level
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52. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates reveal the identity of donors?
  • CodeSometimes
  • CommentThe identity of donors must only be revealed if the donation is over EUR 5,078.95 [I$ 5,300] for political parties and EUR 634,87 [I$ 660] for elected representatives and unsuccessful election candidates.
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53. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized income?
54. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized spending?
55. Which institution(s) receives financial reports from political parties and/or candidates?
  • CodeOther
  • CommentStandards in Public Office Commission.
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56. Which institution(s) is responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeOther
  • CommentStandards in Public Office Commission, the Gardai (police).
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57. What power is granted to the institution(s) responsible for examining reports and/or investigating violations?
58. What sanctions are provided for political finance infractions?
  • CodeFines | Prison | Loss of public funding | Other
  • CommentDisqualification penalties
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