My complaint to the Standards in Public Office Commission regarding the illegal activities of Minister of State, Pat the Cope Gallagher, has been rejected.
The correspondence from SIPO is mostly impenatratable bureaucracy speak but when translated amounts to the following.
SIPO decided to consider my complaint under section 4 of the Standards in Public Office Act 2001. Section 4 states that a complaint may be made if the matter is one of significant public importance.
Significant public importance is defined as a person receiving an alleged benefit of not less than €12,697.
On that basis, the Commission decided that Gallagher’s illegal activities were not of sufficient gravity to warrant an investigation.
We can make the following assumptions arising from this disgraceful decision.
The Litter Pollution Act, 1997 does not apply to government ministers.
Government ministers can, under certain situations/conditions, break the law with impunity.
The State/SIPO does not consider certain law breaking by government ministers as a matter of significant public importance.