Only half of Donegal’s Oireachtas members made declarations of donations over the disclosable amount for last year. A report by the Standards in Public Office Commission shows North East TDs Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Charlie McConalogue declared donations along with Donegal South West TDs Pearse Doherty and Thomas Pringle.
Fine Gael Donegal South West TD Dinny McGinley, and his party colleague in Donegal North East, Joe McHugh, did not declare any donations. Only donations over €634.87 must be declared.
Fianna Fáil’s Deputy McConalogue disclosed a donation of €650 from James McDaid of Lurgy, Letterkenny. Deputy Mac Lochlainn, the Donegal North East Sinn Féin TD, disclosed a cheque for €650 from a company whose name was given as Paul Ferris of Mary Abbeys in Dublin 7.
Deputy Doherty, the Donegal SW Sinn Féin TD, declared a cheque for €1,000 from Daly Brothers in Lifford.
Independent Donegal SW TD Deputy Thomas Pringle declared two cheques for €1,000 - one from his sister, Anna Pringle in Dublin and one from a friend, Brian Diver of Drumakilly, Inver.
Neither of Donegal’s two senators - the Labour Party’s Jimmy Harte and Fianna Fáil’s Brian Ó Domhnaill - declared donations. No declarations were made by the North West’s three MEPs - Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher of Fianna Fáil, independent Marian Harkin and Jim Higgins of Fine Gael.