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    According to to days Indo Michael Lowery has been forced into updating his entry in the Dail register of Interests.

    Seemingly he was put under pressure from "Political scientist and 'Sunday Independent' columnist Elaine Byrne last weekend encouraged her readers to complain about Mr Lowry to the Dail authorities.!"

    Lowry declares controversial UK site after spate of complaints - National News - Independent.ie

    The article says "THE Oireachtas has been inundated with complaints about land in England owned by Independent TD Michael Lowry, which he failed to declare in the Dail register of interests.

    Mr Lowry only added the land to his declaration of interests yesterday after the controversy blew up over his failure to list his part-ownershio of the 21-acre site in Wigan.

    More than 80 members of the public have complained in writing to Dail authorities in recent days at the controversial TD's failure to declare his share in the land."

    Does the register apply if income is earned by TDs for such things as writing newspaper columns, company directorships etc? Does it matter anyway? Mr Lowery doesn't seem too concerned.
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    Lowry not a first time offender wrt register of interests, so quite likely there's even more out there.

    It's very disheartening to see repeat offenders continue to get off with a half-hearted finger wagging and continue as if nothing happened. Rules are rules and there for a reason.
    The more things change....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disillusioned democrat View Post
    Lowry not a first time offender wrt register of interests, so quite likely there's even more out there.

    It's very disheartening to see repeat offenders continue to get off with a half-hearted finger wagging and continue as if nothing happened. Rules are rules and there for a reason.
    You don't think this will embarrass any other TDs into doing the decent thing so?

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    What are the sanctions for breaking the rules?

    Whatever they are they should be applied!
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    Quote Originally Posted by williewatch View Post
    You don't think this will embarrass any other TDs into doing the decent thing so?
    Our pols don't do embarrassment...but if there was a sanction for breaking the rules of the house...say a month's salary and/or allowances I would imagine he's be a bit more upset and it'd provide an example to the others.

    A finger wagging and tut-tut is about as useless as an umbrella in a hurricane.
    The more things change....

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    Are there any sanctions for lying on your declaration of interests?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disillusioned democrat View Post
    Our pols don't do embarrassment...but if there was a sanction for breaking the rules of the house...say a month's salary and/or allowances I would imagine he's be a bit more upset and it'd provide an example to the others.

    A finger wagging and tut-tut is about as useless as an umbrella in a hurricane.
    The penalty should be more punitive..

    Any TD who doesn't declare owership or part ownership over goods or property over the 13k limit should be barred from standing for re-election for a period of 10 years.......

    How someone can 'forget' to declare land that from the newspaper reports is worth between 100-300k is scandalous.... and shows the how little, amounts of money and property/goods in these brackets register on our TD's radars.....

    Most ordinary people would remember if thay had assets worth 13k+ lying around the place....especially in these recessionary times
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boggle View Post
    Are there any sanctions for lying on your declaration of interests?
    slap on wrist?

    enhanced pension?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCon View Post
    slap on wrist?

    enhanced pension?
    Probably a promotion too...
    The laws really are not written for our benefit.

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