Donegal election candidate didn’t return expenses details – SIPO

A Donegal North East Election candidate says his inclusion on a list of people who have failed to disclose election expenses and donations was due to a miscommunication which has now been cleared up.

Ryan Stewart, who contested the election as an independent, was named thios evening by the Standards in Public Office Commission as one of 23 people whose details have been referred to the gardai and the DPP.

Mr Stewart says he did submit documentation, but didn't receive other documentation from SIPO because he had moved house shortly after the election.........

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Meanwhile, the report shows disclosed expenses were down almost 16 per cent on the figure reported for the 2007 election.

Fine Gael spent 3.1-million euro, followed by Fianna Fail with 2.1-million.

Labour's election costs amounted to almost 2-million, while Sinn Féin's figure totaled almost 500-thousand.

The Green party - who failed to have any candidate elected - spent almost a quarter of a million euro.