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07/02/2003

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South Dublin County Council
Comhairle Chontae Atha Cliath

POLITICAL DONATIONS
Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act, 1999 (as amended)
Third Parties


View Guidelines for third parties concerning donations.

1. From 1 January. 2002 new legislation came into effect covering individuals, parties/groups etc., other than a registered political party or a candidate at an local ejection involved in political activity or other campaigning relating to the policy or functicns of a local authority or other statutory body in which are vested functlons In relation to local government. Such persons are described in the legislation as third parties

2. If in any particular year. such a individual or group receives a donation exceeding €126.97 for a political purpose (defined In the Act), they are required to register with the tocal authorithy in whose functional area the local political matter arises.

3. Any such third party must: . open an account in a financlal lnstrtution In the State If they receive a monetary donation for political purposes In a year which exceeds €126.97 and lodge that donation and any further donation received during the year. . furnish to the appropriate local authority not later than the 31 March in every year (commencing in March 2003), a statement specifying the transactions that have taken place on that account; . not accept a donation for political purposes which exceeds £6.348.89; and must . not accept a donation of any value given by a non Irish citizen who resides outside the State or body corporateor unincorporated body of persons which does not keep an office in the istand of Ireland from which the carrying out of one or more of its principal activities is directed.

4. It Is an offence for a person who is required to comply with any of the above requirements to fail to do so. Individuals or organisations who consider that any of the above may apply to them should contact:

South Dublin County Council Corporate Services Dept Tel: 414 9100

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