I have received a reply from the Standards In Public Office Commission regarding my request for an investigation of An Smaoineamh Mór Limited, the company running the Your Country, Your Call competition and lobby group. You can read the text of it below.
Re: Ongoing examination of An Smaoineamh Mór Ltd under the Electoral Acts Dear Sirs, I write further to our previous correspondence on the above topic. I note your confirmation that the Commissioners have had this issue brought to their attention.
A few weeks ago, prompted by this article in the Irish Times on the announcement of the final 5 candidates for the €200,000 Your Country, Your Call cash bonanza, I emailed the Press Office the following question; Thank you for the confirmation that there has been no change in the situation regarding the payment of monies since the press reports of last week.
Last month I wrote an article for the Irish Times asking some questions regarding the Your Country Your Call competition. As a result, members of the competition 'Steering Group', including Professor Von Prondzynski, the President of DCU, have elaborated on their previous positions both on those pages and in radio interviews. Some questions have been answered.
In the unlikely event that I wanted to run a national competition offering a cash prize of mysterious origin in exchange for total ownership of an idea of such staggering- almost mystical- potency that it could restore a nation of modern-day serfs to spectacular success, I think I'd have to go into it without a preconception of what that idea would look like.
From Tuesdayoi 23rd March's Dáil record, a Parliamentary Question about Your Country, Your Call.