Is there any legislation to govern the ethics and conduct of local authority members?
In January 2003 a new ethics framework came into operation governing the ethics and codes of conduct of local authority members.
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.
Where can I access the Declaration of Interests of councillors?
Is there a Code of Conduct for Councillors?
The the Code of Conduct for Councillors is available from the www.environ.ie website.