Just looking at the Standards in Public Office report and who got what. Very interesting that the person that got the 3rd highest donations was everyone’s fav Catholic, RonÃ¡n Mullen. There must have been a lot of closet fans of Ronan so.
So here’s how this donation thing works:
TDs, Senators and MEPs must disclose individual donations of over €634.87.
Foreign or anonymous donations cannot exceed €126.97
Donations from a single person cap out at €2,539.48 pear year.
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The person disclosing the highest donations was Fianna FÃ¡il TD for Wicklow Joe Behan, who received €37,600. Minister of State for Trade and Fianna FÃ¡il TD John McGuinness was second with €32,500.
Independent Senator RÃ³nÃ¡n Mullen, whose donations were the third -highest reported at €32,030, was the only non-Fianna FÃ¡il member in the top ten.
Independent Fianna FÃ¡il TD for Kerry South Jackie Healy-Rae, who received €24,900, was in sixth place, while Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment MicheÃ¡l Martin was in eighth, disclosing donations worth €22,135. Fianna FÃ¡il’s Ãine Brady got a total of €22,000 in ninth place, while FF TD Mattie McGrath received a total of €20,500 and was number 10 on the list.
I’m most surprised at the lack of money raised in an election year by these people. Divide the donations by the number of constituents. Jeez louise. Politicians here have a lot to learn about asking for money from people. Look how much the consumers of Ireland spent on crap last year compared to these tiny amounts of money.
I really do hope this is the last politics post for a while. It’s becoming boring.