Political parties in the Republic of Ireland will be banned from accepting donations in cryptocurrency, the Irish Independent reported Tuesday.
- The move is being made to counter concerns over Russian interference in Irish elections.
- Local Government Minister Darragh O'Brien, who is in charge of electoral reform, has written to party leaders detailing measures to combat potential foreign meddling in the country's democratic processes.
- “The appalling invasion of the Ukraine and insidious disinformation war highlight the ongoing fundamental threats faced by all democracies,” O'Brien said.
- Cryptocurrency donations are likely being targeted on concerns that crypto is used to short circuit sanctions, such as those placed on the majority of financial institutions linked to Russia and its allies.
- However, there remains little evidence that this is the case.
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