Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (508, 540)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

508. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will clarify the legal requirements for printed election material, including leaflets, newsletters and posters, in relation to imprint law and the inclusion of information including the name, address of the printer and publisher by all political parties and-or candidates in all elections, whether local, national, European or presidential; if the same legal requirements apply to all printed matter or just election material relating to the candidate seeking election; if his attention has been drawn to the inclusion on some election material of false addresses for the printer and publisher; if any fines have been given in relation to this breach; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22687/14]

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Alan Farrell

Question:

540. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to electoral literature for the local and European elections which omitted the name and address of the printer and publisher; if it is an offence to omit these details from leaflets distributed by candidates for electoral purposes, particularly in local and European elections; the sanctions that apply where such an offence is found to have been committed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22565/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 508 and 540 together.

Section 140 of the Electoral Act 1992 provides that a person shall be guilty of an offence if he or she prints or publishes a notice, bill, poster or similar document relating to a Dáil election which does not show upon its face the name and address of the printer and of the publisher of such document. Similar provisions apply in relation to European elections under rule 109 of the Second Schedule to the European Parliament Elections Act 1997; in relation to local elections under regulation 101 of the Local Elections Regulations 1995; and in relation to Presidential elections by the application of the provisions of section 140 of the Electoral Act 1992 under section 59 of the Presidential Elections Act 1993.

A person guilty of an offence under these provisions is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €635 or, at the discretion of the court, to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months or to both such fine and such imprisonment. Enforcement of the law is a matter for An Garda Síochána.