Thursday, 7 March 2013

Questions (108)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

108. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total funding allocated under the Electoral (Amendment) Act, 2001 to the qualifying parties in each of the past ten years broken down by party; and the way in which the underlining rate applying to allocations under this Act has changed in each of these years. [12255/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Responsibility for the Electoral Acts is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Under section 17 of the Electoral Act 1997, as amended by section 50(c) of the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2001, provision is made for two payments to be made to qualified political parties.

Section 17(1)(a) of the Electoral Act 1997, as amended, provides for a fixed payment of €126,973.81 to be made to each qualified party in each period of 12 months.

Section 17(1)(b) of the Electoral Act 1997, as amended, provides for an annual sum to be shared among qualified political parties. When introduced in 2001, the legislation provided for this sum to be shared to amount to €3,809,214 (£3,000,000). In accordance with the legislation, the sum was increased in line with general increases in Civil Service remuneration, as set out in Appendix 1. The current sum shared amongst qualified parties amounts to €4,948,201.68, and €5,456,096.88 when the fixed amount referred to above is included.

Payments are calculated on the basis of the share of first preference votes obtained by an individual qualified party at the previous general election. These shares are calculated by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. The variable percentages applicable in the time frame requested by the Deputy, are set out in Appendix 2.

Payments under the Electoral Acts are made from the Central Fund. The annual amounts paid to each party for the period requested by the Deputy are as set out in the tables in Appendix 3.

Appendix 1

Rates of the first preference votes payments under section 17(1)(b) of the Electoral Act 1997, as amended by section 50(c) of the 2001 Act

Civil Service increases

2001 Amount - €3,809,214.24

Final increase under the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness 1 October 2002

€3,961,582.80

Sustaining Progress 1 January 2002

€4,080,430.29

Sustaining Progress 1 July 2004

€4,162,038.89

Sustaining Progress 1 December 2004

€4,245,279.67

Sustaining Progress 1 June 2005

€4,308,958.97

Sustaining Progress 1 December 2005

€4,373,593.35

Sustaining Progress 1 June 2006

€4,482,933.18

Towards 2016 – 1 December 2006

€4,617,421.18

Towards 2016 – 1 March 2008

€4,827,513.84

Towards 2016 – 1 September 2008

€4,948,201.68

Appendix 2

Percentage shares applied to Electoral Act Funding under section 17(1)(b) of the Electoral Act 1997, as amended by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2001

First Preference Votes in the 1997 General Election

Party First preference votes as a % of total first preference votes of qualified parties

Fianna Fáil 43.62%

Fine Gael 30.99%

Labour 11.53%

Progressive Democrats 5.19%

Green Party 3.06%

Sinn Féin 2.83%

Democratic Left 2.78%

Total 100%

First Preference Votes in the 2002 General Election

Party First preference votes as a % of total first preference votes of qualified parties

Fianna Fáil 46.58%

Fine Gael 25.24%

Labour 12.10%

Progressive Democrats 4.45%

Green Party 4.32%

Sinn Féin 7.31%

Total 100%

First Preference Votes in the 2007 General Election

Party First preference votes as a % of total first preference votes of qualified parties

Fianna Fáil 44.510%

Fine Gael 29.262%

Labour 10.844%

Progressive Democrats 2.924%

Green Party 5.025%

Sinn Féin 7.435%

Total 100%

First Preference Votes in the 2011 General Election

PartyFirst preference votes as a % of total first preference votes of qualified parties

Fianna Fáil 21.036%

Fine Gael 43.533%

Labour 23.449%

Sinn Féin 11.983%

Total 100%

Appendix 3

Total Electoral Act Funding under sections 17(1)(a) and 17(1)(b) of the Electoral Act 1997, as amended by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2001

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2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Fianna Fáil

€1,757,617.36

€1,972,279.08

€2,023,301.77

€2,107,850.06

€2,176,239.20

€2,247,246.89

€2,258,340.04

€2,329,418.08

€2,329,418.08

€1,635,707.59

1167856.24

Fine Gael

€1,168,425.88

€1,126,877.28

€1,154,524.62

€1,200,338.26

€1,237,395.84

€1,361,733.52

€1,528,187.91

€1,574,916.36

€1,574,916.36

€1,996,637.88

2281054.64

Labour Party

€602,203.68

€606,325.32

€619,579.40

€641,542.35

€659,307.67

€665,763.21

€646,239.94

€663,556.68

€663,556.68

€1,036,050.21

1287266.72

Progressive Democrats

€292,366.40

€303,264.24

€308,138.67

€316,215.96

€322,749.48

€307,361.31

€266,989.88

€67,914.98

€0.00

€0.00

€0.00

Green Party

€243,747.03

€298,114.16

€302,846.21

€310,687.54

€317,030.19

€338,588.66

€367,596.48

€375,620.88

€375,620.88

€151,291.76

€0.00

Sinn Féin

€286,183.26

€416,565.52

€424,572.71

€437,841.25

€448,573.85

€467,226.64

€482,999.60

€494,872.56

€494,872.56

€629,275.48

719919.28

Total

€4,350,543.61

€4,723,425.60

€4,832,963.38

€5,014,475.42

€5,161,296.23

€5,387,920.23

€5,550,353.85

€5,506,299.54

€5,438,384.56

€5,448,962.92

€5,456,096.88