Help your Councillor with their Ethics Framework declaration

Will the City and County Councils in Munster follow suit? Let’s start with Waterford Council!

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RTE Investigates - SIPO Dec 2015

Following the recent RTE Investigates programme on Standards in Public Office broadcast on Monday 7 December 2015, the Donegal County Council Ethics Registrar has taken the unusual step of issuing a special notice in accordance with Section 174(6) of the Local Government Act 2001 to everyone required to make such declarations within the Council bringing to their attention again the appropriate requirements of the Ethical Framework including relevant codes of conduct.

As we learned from the programme many councillors may forget, or inadvertently omit certain details from their returns.  In this regard and as it’s Christmas we are asking our blog readers to help our Councillors with these returns.

In their statement Donegal County Council advise:

In the case of Councillors the reporting requirements arise under Section 171 of the Local Government Act 2001.  … Councillors should also be mindful of the separate ongoing disclosure requirements on a Member under

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About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from practice in 2002 to take up a full-time lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). He is an accredited and practising mediator and is busy writing a book, with Dr Sinead Conneely, on Mediation in Ireland. His current interest is Ireland’s energy policy and its impact on the people and the environment. He is also researching the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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