An individual is allowed to make a donation of up to €6348.69 to a political party in any given year, according to the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO).
In addition, the individual may donate up to €2539.48 to an individual member of the party; a TD or senator or councillor, or someone who is a candidate for one of those poses in an election.
Under section 24(1A) of the Electoral Act 1997, this generous individual is required to file a return to SIPO (imaginatively named Form 24(1A)) if the total of their donations is greater than € 5078.95.
Yesterday, I blogged some questions about Sinn Féin claims regarding how much their TDs and Senators are paid.
This morning, I emailed those questions to Sinn Féin, and telephoned SIPO asking them about donations by Sinn Féin TDs and senators.
SIPO have replied to me, saying they have “no record of receiving a section 24(1A) donation statement from any elected member of Sinn Féin.”
They add that they’d “be happy to examine any information that would support a claim that a section 24(1A) donation statement should have been furnished to it by anyone.”
Sinn Féin have yet to get back to me.