Political parties, like other public bodies, need to have their accounts fully audited

The ongoing standoff between the Minister for the Environment and the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) is yet another signal of just how much this government has backtracked on its supposed commitment to open government. At the heart of this issue is what level of party accounts should be made available for auditing and…

Constituency interests and ministerial responsibility: Gormley, Poolbeg and the politics of transparency

David Farrell, July 5, 2010 In a letter in today’s Irish Independent, a correspondent writes of how the “obsessive behaviour” of Mr Gormley: “has become more than just an embarrassment to the Government, it has become a dangerous impediment to this country’s economic recovery and the creation of much-needed jobs. Along with business leaders, United…