A new body to deal with corruption and white collar crime

November 17, 2015

The Social Democrats have today launched a detailed proposal paper calling for the establishment of a new body to tackle corruption and white-collar crime in Ireland. The new body – called the Independent Anti-Corruption Agency – is to be based on a successful Australian model and would consolidate the functions of a number of existing bodies and be granted powers to tackle corruption in Irish society.

It is envisaged that the new agency would essentially be a one-stop shop for dealing with corruption in Ireland and would have investigative and prosecution powers and would be answerable to a newly established Oireachtas Committee for Public Interest Oversight.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Social Democrat TD Róisín Shortall said:

“The purpose of this new body is to tackle the corruption that has so tainted politics and public life in Ireland. The existing legislation and infrastructure are totally inadequate in preventing, investigating and prosecuting corruption both in public office and in the corporate world. The effective collapse of the Cregan inquiry into IBRC transactions is just the latest example of what isn’t working.”

“Despite the many tribunals of inquiry and commissions of investigation, there remains minimal accountability and few consequences for those responsible for wrong-doing and the result is a perception of a golden circle of insiders who appear untouchable. With the creation of an Independent, fully responsible body, we are proposing root and branch reform of the anti-corruption regime in Ireland.”

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