Responsibility for the Electoral Acts is a matter for the Minister for the Housing, Planning and Local Government. Under Section 17 of the Electoral Act 1997, as amended by section 50c of the Electoral Amendment Act 2001, provision is made for two payments to be made to qualified political parties:
The share of first preference votes obtained by a party at the previous general election determines the payment. These shares are calculated by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
Payments are made quarterly in arrears.
The combined annual rates of the 8 qualified parties in the current (32nd) Dáil are as follows: