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Electoral Law in Ireland

ISBN13: 9781780438139
Published: December 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional (Ireland)
Country of Publication: Ireland
Format: Paperback
Price: £123.00

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Electoral Law in Ireland: The Legal Regulation of the Irish Political Process guides the reader through the labyrinthine regulation of electoral law in Ireland from the creation and registration of parties, through to administrative issues with funding, lobbying, political advertising through to issues regarding ethical aspects of political life such as Standards and Ethics in Public Office.

Since the foundation of the State there have been 61 acts and 287 statutory instruments dealing with the regulation of political activities in Ireland. The legislation deals with everything from creating a party, to donations through to the regulation of elections and referendums. A comprehensive understanding of this complex legislation is vital to those working in politics and to those who wish to gain greater understanding of political regulation in Ireland.

This book also deals with the major challenges and issues such as lobbying regulation and political advertising concerns.

Irish Law
1. Introduction to the Regulation of Political Life in Ireland: General Background
Current Issues
Main Regulation Legislation
2. Creation and Registration of Parties: Registration of Political Parties
3. Party Finance: Standards in Public Office Regulation
The Standards in Public Office commission
Donations and Funds
Accounting Units
State Finance Regulations
4. Running a Campaign: Political Advertising
Selection of Candidates and Gender Quotas
Guidelines for specific elections (Dáil, Local, European, Referendum and Presidential)
5. The Electoral Process and Regulation: Expenditure
Voting (registration, disqualification, Seanad Elections, candidate nomination
Regulation of the Polling Process (i.e. postal voting)
The Count (i.e. Duties of the Returning Officer, conduct of the poll, prevention of electoral abuses, appointment of agents)
6. After the Election: Regulation of Political Appointments
Ethics in Office
Party Leaders Allowance
SIPO Codes of Conduct for Office Holders.