Following the recent RTE Investigates programme on Standards in Public Office broadcast on Monday 7 December 2015, the Donegal County Council Ethics Registrar has taken the unusual step of issuing a special notice in accordance with Section 174(6) of the Local Government Act 2001 to everyone required to make such declarations within the Council bringing to their attention again the appropriate requirements of the Ethical Framework including relevant codes of conduct.
As we learned from the programme many councillors may forget, or inadvertently omit certain details from their returns. In this regard and as it’s Christmas we are asking our blog readers to help our Councillors with these returns.
In their statement Donegal County Council advise:
In the case of Councillors the reporting requirements arise under Section 171 of the Local Government Act 2001. … Councillors should also be mindful of the separate ongoing disclosure requirements on a Member under Section 177 of the Act where something is about to be discussed by the Council in relation to which that Member or a “connected person” (to him/her) has an interest and the separate requirements to withdraw from the meeting concerned for the duration of the particular discussion and to take no part in same and refrain from voting thereon.
If you are aware of a Councillor, or a connected person (spouse, sibling or family member of a current Councillor) having an interest in a particular wind farm or energy company please let the Ethics Registrar know. The contact details for the Ethics Registrar are as follows:
Mr. Joe Peoples, Ethics Registrar, Donegal County Council, County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: 074 91 53900