Ethical Framework for Local Government Service
Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001, Section 171 obliges elected members and certain staff grades of the Council to prepare and furnish to the ethics registrar an annual written declaration containing particulars of their “declarable interests” within the meaning of Section 175 of the Act.
As a general rule, this framework provides that it is the duty of every local authority member and employee to maintain proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest. In addition, it established for each member a system of annual declaration of interests, disclosure of interest in a matter, which comes before the authority, and a public register of interests.
The interests which have to be declared annually are set out in Section 175 of The Irish Statute Book of the Local Government Act 2001 and associated regulations.
As a general guide, they include holdings of land or other property, shareholdings, directorships, contracts with a local authority. Each member must complete and return each year a form setting out his or her interests.
Completed forms must be submitted annually no later than the last day of February and failure to do so is an offence under the Act. These records are available for viewing by any member of the public at the Council’s Customer Services Desk, County Hall, Carlow.
Ethics Declaration of property and interests Hereunder are scanned copies of Ethics Declaration of property and interest for the current Council.
Declaration of Donations Received
Under the Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 as amended, each Member of Carlow County Council must complete a Donation Statement each year setting out donations received over the limit specified in the Regulations during the previous year.
Hereunder are scanned copies of these returns for the current Council.