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Appendix 2: Registrable Interests

The reference to "appropriate period" in this Appendix means the period covered by the statement which will usually be from 1 January to 31 December)

1. The following are registrable interests under the Ethics Acts :

(a) Occupational Income, etc.

A remunerated trade, profession, employment, vocation or other occupation (other than that of office holder or member) which was held by an office holder at any time during the appropriate period where the remuneration, e.g. pay, pension, benefits-in-kind, rental income, etc., during the period exceeded €2,600.


(b) Shares, etc.

A holding by an office holder of shares, bonds, debentures, or other like investments in any particular company or other enterprise or undertaking, with an aggregate nominal or market value in excess of €13,000 at any time during the appropriate period. Holding does not include money in a current, deposit or other similar account with a financial institution but does include a holding in unit trusts or managed funds.


(c) Directorships

A directorship or shadow directorship of any company which is held by an office holder at any time during the appropriate period.


(d) Land (including premises)

An interest held by an office holder in land, including land in the State and land in any other jurisdiction, being an interest that exceeded in value €13,000 at any time during the appropriate period. This includes the interest of the office holder in any contract for the purchase of land, whether or not a deposit or part payment has been made under the contract. It also includes the interest of the office holder in any option held by him or her to purchase land, whether or not any consideration has been paid in respect thereof, or land in respect of which such an option has been exercised but which has not been conveyed to the office holder.

An office holder is not required under this heading to disclose information regarding his or her private home or that of a spouse or civil partner and any subsidiary or ancillary land to such home that is not being used or developed primarily for commercial purposes. Also excluded is a holiday home and any other private home used by an office holder or his or her family and any land that is subsidiary or ancillary to it which is required for its amenity or convenience and is not being used or developed primarily for commercial purposes.


(e) Gifts

A gift, or gifts from the same person, given to an office holder during the appropriate period where the value, or the aggregate value, exceeded €650.

Excluded from this requirement is a gift given to an office holder, for purely personal reasons, by a relative or civil partner or friend of the office holder or of his or her spouse or civil partner or child or of the spouse's child (child being a son or daughter of any age), unless acceptance of the gift could have materially influenced the office holder in the performance of his or her functions as a member or office holder.


(f) Property and Services

Property supplied or lent or a service supplied to an office holder, once or more than once by the same person, during the appropriate period, where the consideration or price was less than the commercial consideration or price by more than €650. Also included is property lent or a service supplied free of charge where the commercial consideration or price would have been more than €650.

Excluded is property supplied or lent or a service supplied to an office holder, as a gift for
purely personal reasons, by a relative or civil partner or friend of the office holder or of his or her spouse or civil partner or child or of the spouse's child, unless acceptance could have materially influenced the office holder in the performance of his or her functions as a member or office holder.

If services disclosed relate to legal or medical services (including psychiatric or psychological services) it will be sufficient to state that the services were supplied. No further details will be required.


(g) Travel facilities, etc.

Travel facilities, living accommodation, meals or entertainment supplied to an office holder during the appropriate period free of charge or at less than the commercial price must be disclosed.

Excluded are:

  • travel facilities, living accommodation, meals or entertainment supplied, by the same person, once or more than once, free of charge during the appropriate period where the commercial price or the aggregate of the commercial prices was less than €650, or supplied where the price paid was less than the commercial price by not more than €650.
  • travel facilities, living accommodation, meals or entertainment provided:
    • (i) within the State,
    • (ii) in the course and for the purpose of performing thefunctions of the office holder as a member or office holder
    • (iii) in the course and for the purpose of any trade, profession, employment or other occupation of the office holder (other than member or office holder)
    • (iv) as a member, in the course of Conferences of the Inter Parliamentary Union, Conferences and Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe and its Committees, Parliamentary Assemblies of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Parliamentary Assemblies of the Western European Union, bilateral visits pursuant to invitations from the speakers of other parliaments and such other conferences and visits as may arise from time to time,
    • (v) as a member, by any other organisation of states or governments of which this State or the Government is a member or a body of or associated with.
  • travel facilities, living accommodation, meals or entertainment supplied as a gift for personal reasons by a relative or civil partner or friend of an office holder or of his or her spouse or civil partner or child or of the spouse's child, unless the acceptance of such might reasonably be seen to have been capable of influencing the office holder in the performance of his or her functionsas a member or office holder.


(h) Remunerated Position

A remunerated position held by an office holder as a political or public affairs lobbyist, consultant or adviser during the appropriate period.


(i) Contracts

Any contract, or contracts, for the supply of goods or services to a Minister of the Government or a public body during the appropriate period, to which an office holder was a party or in which he or she was in any other way, directly or indirectly, interested , if the aggregate value of the goods or services supplied to a Minister of the Government or a public body during the appropriate period exceeded €6,500.