That Seanad Éireann, takes note of the report of the investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission into contraventions of section 21(1) of the Standards in Public Office Act by Senator Pat O'Neill which was laid before Seanad Éireann on 23 May, 2012;
considers, that the requirements of the Standards in Public Office Act 2001 that members must provide evidence of compliance with their obligations in regard to taxation matters are intended to ensure confidence in the probity of persons elected to political office;
is of the opinion that any contravention of the legislation is a serious matter;
notes, however that this is the first occasion such a contravention has been reported to Seanad Éireann by the Commission and that Senator O'Neill is now in compliance with section 21(1) of the Act and has apologised for failing to comply with the legislation as of the required date,
and accordingly considers that no further action is required.