Former Fine Gael TD James Bannon speaking to the media at last year's general election count in Kenagh.
Former Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael TD James Bannon has been referred to gardaí by the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo).
The State ethics watchdog confirmed that Mr Bannon is among twenty-four Seanad election 2016 candidates to have their details sent to gardaí as they did not provide the necessary information to the commission.
Mr Bannon’s general election documentation which shows that he amassed €12,986.86 in non-public spending during the campaign, including €9,333.27 on posters, has been rubber-stamped by Sipo.
Fine Gael deputy leader James Reilly is among sixty-six general election 2016 candidates that have been referred to gardaí by the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo).
Two candidates that ran in the Longford/Westmeath constituency - Donal Jackson (Independent) & James Miller (Public Banking Alliance) - have been similarly referred to Gardaí for providing incomplete documentation to Sipo.
Of the successful candidates in the Longford-Westmeath constituency, Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy spent the most amount of non-public money in last year’s general election.
The poll-topper spent €20,009.74, followed by Fine Gael’s Peter Burke €14,719.74, the Independent Alliance’s Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran €10,852.05 and Labour’s Willie Penrose €10,459.94.
See Wednesday’s Longford Leader for more on this story.