SIPO publishes details of Euro Election expenses


The Standards in Public Office Commission has published details of how much was spent by candidates contesting the European Elections in May.

The spending limit per candidate in all constituencies was €230,000, with all candidates in Midlands North West well below that figure.

The highest election expenditure recorded in Midlands North West was incurred by Fianna Fail's Pat “The Cope” Gallagher, Fianna Fáil, who spent €161,428.

Of the four successful candidates in the constituency, the highest spender was Sinn Fein's Matt Carthy, who spent €114,335.

Next was Fine Gael's Mairead Mc Guinness, who incurred expenses of €92,750.

Independent candidate Marian Harkin spent €73,417, while the smallest spend of the four elected MEPs was injcurred by Independent Luke “Ming” Flanagan, whose election expenses totalled €38,093.