It’s important that we know about politicians’ private interests – to ensure they’re acting honestly. Transparency is a useful basis for trust.

You can read the formal ethics and donation statements since I was elected here. However those forms are a bare minimum and aren’t updated as things change – I’ve gone into greater detail below.

Last updated: 12th February 2024

Income

I work full time as a councillor. The basic salary is €28,724 a year. (Prior to July 2021, the basic salary was substantially lower, at roughly €17,000.)

From before the election until 1st of October, 2021 I also worked as Head of Communications at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, but gave up the role to focus on council work. While I was with the INMO, I generally steered clear of health sector-related topics in my role as a councillor, to avoid conflicts of interest.

In 2022, I received a €100 fee for an article I wrote for the Irish Times, based on a blog published earlier. I also received a One4All voucher as a “thank you” for being a participant in the Citizens’ Assembly on Dublin.

For retirement, I’m enrolled in pension scheme at the INMO and have previously paid in to the TUC‘s pension scheme in the UK.

You can see my previous employment history on my Linkedin page.

Expenses

The system of expenses for councillors was overhauled in 2021. The new system allows claims for vouched expenses up to a maximum of €4,200, along with an unvouched “petty cash” €960 – both rates are set nationally by the Department of Local Government.

For vouched expenses, I generally receive expenses for the basic mobile phone bill, and 20% of my broadband bill, along with costs for this website, and some printing costs – either for leaflets or local updates on letterheads.

In 2022, I had €874.14 in vouched expenses (21% of the maximum). In 2023, I had €1,853.35 in vouched expenses (44% of the maximum). In the main, these expenses are for printing costs, phone costs (now roughly €15 per month), and website costs.

Councillors are also assigned a training budget of a maximum of €1,000 a year. I have used this fund once, for €300 in 2023 to attend a Trinity College course on the economics of the property market.

Assets

In October 2020, I bought a house in Inchicore. This is with a mortgage which is due to be fully paid off in 2054. I live there with my partner, with whom I split the mortgage payments and bills.

Prior to October 2020, I was renting a room in an apartment, sharing with a friend, in Kilmainham. Before that, I was renting in Rialto with another friend. I previously rented in London (2015-2018), Brussels (2012-2015), and Hanoi (2010-2011).

I don’t own any other land or property, don’t have any shares, and I’m not a director of any company.

Memberships

I am a member of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, the Dublin Commuter Coalition and the National Union of Journalists. I don’t hold any position in either, but was previously a union rep (“Father of the Chapel”, as they call it in the NUJ) at the TUC in London.

I’m a founding member (and currently chair) of the Dublin Metropolitans, a GAA rounders club. I’m also a founding member of the Irish language Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters’ Club, and have an FAI season ticket through them.

I have previously been a member of the London Cycling Campaign, and the trade unions Unison (UK) and Metallos (Belgium).

You’ll be shocked to hear that I am also a member of the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas. I first became active in 2006. Recently, I sat on the party’s national Executive Committee for three years, from 2020 until 2023. I chaired it for 2022. Since December 2023, I have been the secretary of the Dublin South-Central Green Party.

As a councillor, I’m a member of the Kilmainham Inchicore Network, the Donore Project Consultative Forum, the Oliver Bond Regeneration Foum, and Dublin City Council’s protocol committee, along with the informal group leaders committee. None of the above involves any payment or expenses.

In January 2023, I left the Council’s Climate and Environment Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), of which I had been chair, to join the Transport SPC.

Donations and campaign spending

On 7th June 2023, I started fundraising for my 2024 campaign, mainly through a GoFundMe page here. As of the 11am on 12th January 2024, I have raised €4,500 from 77 donations. The median donation was €32.50.

Before that, since the end of the election campaign in May 2019, I hadn’t sought, received or been offered any donation.

In the 2019 election campaign, I spent €6,867.76, from September 2018 to May 2019. This went on a variety of things, including posters, leaflets, and letters. This is a minimum cost, and doesn’t cover some of the harder-to-count costs such as the odd bus fare, pints for canvassers, etc.

To cover the cost of the 2019 campaign, I fundraised €6,405.22. The main sources of funds were a grant from the Green Party’s election fund and a table quiz in 2018, which raised €1,413.70. I received 56 donations in addition to this, primarily via GoFundMe. The median donation was €41.58. Nearly all were from friends or family, and none exceeded €500.

I don’t accept gifts as councillor and have (politely!) refused any offered. The only exceptions I know of to the “no gift” rule have been a cup of coffee when meeting a shop/cafe owner in 2021 and a weaved key chain decoration from a community group in 2022, both likely with a monetary value under €5.

Lobbying

As a councillor, I am a “designated public official” under the Lobbying Act 2015. This means that if I am lobbied by a person or organisation meeting certain criteria, they must register the interaction with the Standards in Public Office Commission.

They have a special site for this, Lobbying.ie. You can see a list of all the records relating to my work as a councillor here.

I’ve tried to be as thorough as I can, but if there is any other area you think I should declare, please do let me know on michael@pidgeon.ie