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Standards in Public Life

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There is a wide range of legislation in place to help the public be more confident in the way Ireland is governed. The following is a list of legislation and organisations which provides this assistance.

Ethics Legislation

Disclosure of Donations / Expenditure

Money spent and donations received by public representatives (T.D’s Senators etc.) and political parties are controlled by the Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 and the Electoral Act 1997.

Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 established a web based registration system of lobbying activity which will tell us “Who is lobbying whom and about what?”

The Register provides the public with information on the identity of those who are communicating with Government and senior civil and public servants on public policy matters.

Code of Conduct for Local Authority Employees/Councillors

The Codes set out the standards of conduct and integrity for local authority employees and councillors. They set out the level of behaviour the public is entitled to expect from local authority employees and councillors and aims to keep public confidence in local government.

The Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO)

The Standards in Public Office Commission is an independent body established in December 2001 by the Standards in Public Office Act 2001.  It has six members and is chaired by a former Judge of the High Court. Its functions include:

  • supervising the disclosure of interests of public representatives and their compliance with tax clearance requirements;
  • the disclosure of donations and election expenditure; the expenditure of state funding received by political parties;
  • the registration of lobbyists.

Criminal Assets Bureau

Amendments were made in the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act 2005 to give additional powers to help the operation of the Criminal Assets Bureau in the fight against all forms of crime, including white collar crime and corruption.


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Data Protection

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage requires customers to provide certain personal data in order to carry out our legislative and administrative functions. The Department will treat all information and personal data that you provide as confidential, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection legislation. Personal data may be exchanged with other Government Departments, local authorities, agencies under the aegis of the Department, or other public bodies, in certain circumstances where this is provided for by law. 

The Department's Data Protection Policy and Privacy Statements, which set out how we will use your personal data, as well as providing information regarding your rights as a data subject, are available on the Department’s website.  They are also available in hard copy upon request from the Data Protection Officer, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Newtown Road, Wexford, email