Ag dul i ngleic leis an mBreabaireacht agus leis an Éilliú

The fight against bribery and corruption has been strengthened substantially on national and international levels in the last number of years. Ireland is strongly committed to combating bribery and corruption both at home and abroad by establishing and maintaining a transparent and corruption-free environment.

The OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions was signed in December 1997 and came into force in February 1999. Ireland ratified the convention in September 2003. The convention is aimed at reducing corruption in developing countries by encouraging sanctions against bribery in international business transactions carried out by companies based in the convention member countries.

The  Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act 2010, strengthens the legislation on corruption, in particular in relation to corruption occurring outside the State, and gives fuller effect to the OECD Anti-bribery Convention.  A key provision in the Act is the protection afforded to persons, including employees, who make reports, in good faith, of offences under the Corruption Acts, 1889 to 2010  ("whistleblower protection"), and those reports can also be made on a confidential basis.  The Act also provides that reports of suspected corruption offences abroad can be made to diplomatic or consular officers, and foreign police forces, as appropriate.

Anti-corruption website

In May 2008, Minister Ahern launched the Tackling Bribery and Corruption website to raise awareness of Ireland’s commitments to tackle corruption. The website, although set up by the Department of Justice and Equality, is one element of a collaborative approach by Government departments and agencies to the issue.

The website informs the public about the consequences of bribery and corruption, both for individuals and for companies working in an international business environment. Ireland is very committed to ensuring that bribes to officials either at home or abroad are treated as criminal offences and to raising awareness of its obligations under international treaties or conventions, so that a level playing field can be created for all companies operating internationally. The website provides access to the relevant conventions, and visitors to the site can also find out how and where to make complaints in situations where they suspect bribery and corruption may be taking place.