Laois Green Party candidate referred to the Gardaí by Standards in Public Office Commission

Sinead Moore one of 63 candidates deemed to have breached electoral rules

Express Reporter


Express Reporter


Laois Green Party candidate referred to the Gardaí by  Standards in Public Office Commission

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and Laois candidate Sinead Moore

A Green Party candidate who ran in the General Election in the Laois constituency is one of a number of unsuccessful candidates who have been referred to the Gardaí by the Standards in Public Office Commission.

Sinéad Moore, who is originally from Emo but lives in Dublin, came sixth out of six candidates in the three seat constituency in the 2016 poll.

On 25 November 2016 the Standards Commission sent a case on Ms Moore and 65 files to Garda Headquarters concerning the candidates who had failed to return the required statutory documentation. These referrals include candidates/election agents who failed to return donation statements, certificates of monetary donations, statutory declarations, statements from a financial institution, or election expenses statements.  

Ms Moore is one of 43 people who failed to provide the required documentation listed or have not provided clarification or further details as requested by the Standards Commission and were referred to the Gardaí. It says there is and incorrect election agend on the election expenses statement.

The Act provides that the election agent of each candidate, whether successful or unsuccessful, at a Dáil general election is required to furnish an election expenses statement to the Standards Commission within 56 days after polling day (i.e., by 22 April 2016).

The election expenses statement must include details of all expenses incurred and payments made by the
election agent on behalf of the candidate at the election. An election expenses statement is also required from the national agent of each political party with candidates contesting the election and from "other persons" who incurred election expenses.