Details of Limerick councillors’ donations are revealed

EIGHT county councillors have declared political donations in 2010, documents seen by the Limerick Leader reveal.

EIGHT county councillors have declared political donations in 2010, documents seen by the Limerick Leader reveal.

But when contacted, some said they were unsure about whether they had received the donations they had signed off on. And others expressed confusion over forms signed at County Hall in January.

According to part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001, councillors are required to declare their interests, which include their sources of income, gifts, and donations received while in political office.

Under the Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999, councillors are also asked to sign a certificate, where they are to declare they have received donations over €126.97. While some councillors have not submitted this form, many have signed to declare a donation exceeding €126.97 in 2010.

According to the Local Government Act, councillors also do not have to declare any gift they received under the sum of €634.87, which means smaller gifts could have been given during 2010.

Eight councillors signed forms declaring “that a donation for political purposes exceeding €126.97 and subsequent donations” had been received to designated bank accounts during 2010.

Details of company directorship’s held by councillors must also be disclosed by law.