I received a response from the private secretary to the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan, regarding my complaint in respect of Fianna Fail TD Eamon O’Cuiv.
After quoting the legislation at length the Minister concluded:
Returning Officers are responsible for all matters in connection with the conduct of elections and referendums, including the arrangement of a candidate’s name on a ballot paper at a Dáil election and are independent in the performance of their duties. Consequently, the Minister has no direct responsibility in this matter.
So, according to the Minister, it’s nothing to do with him and, effectively, the Returning Officer is saying the same thing.
Why am I not surprised?