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Details of 2013 political donations published

Fine Gael had the biggest amount of donations, receiving ?112,625, which was made up of donations from deputies and MEPs.

The Socialist Party received ?25,980, which included donations from Joe Higgins and Ruth Coppinger and their former MEP Paul Murphy.

Sinn F?in received ?21,084, Workers and Unemployed Action Group received ?5,000, the Green Party got ?4,880 and the United Left Alliance got ?2,075.

SIPO said no other party disclosed any donations in 2013.

Donations over ?1,500 must be disclosed and the maximum value of donations that a political party can accept from the same donor in the same year is ?2,500.

The Labour Party and Fianna F?il had not received any donations over ?1,500.

In total, 16 political parties were registered during 2013 to contest the D?il or European elections and they are required to furnish a statement on their donations in 2013 by 31 March 2014.

The figures also show that 162 local branches of Fine Gael, Fianna F?il, Sinn F?in, the Green Party and the Labour Party had over ?1m in total in their bank accounts at the end of 2013.

54 branches of Fine Gael had ?514,734 in their accounts at the end of 2013, 37 branches of Fianna F?il had ?335,320, 37 branches of the Labour Party had ?117,201, 22 branches of the Green Party had ?49,543 and 12 branches of Sinn F?in had ?6,634.

In June this year the commission said it referred a file to the garda? / DPP regarding four non-compliant branches, which had not provided the relevant documentation.

Two of the branches submitted their documentation later in June but two branches, the Fine Gael branch in Clane and Fianna F?il branch in D?n Laoghaire, had not submitted their returns at the time SIPO was writing its report.

[source: www.rte.ie]