Dublin, 23 November 2012
Anti-corruption organisation Transparency International Ireland (TI Ireland) has voiced its concerns over the use of litigation and threats of legal action against Irish journalists during the visit to Dublin this week of the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders.
Transparency International will release its 18th annual Corruption Perceptions Index on 5 December 2012 at 05.00 GMT.
Study on corruption in Ireland published today finds ‘partial progress’ in tackling the problem
105 biggest public companies reviewed. 61 based in Ireland. Only Statoil says how much it pays in corporation tax. 68 per cent report on anti-corruption measures
Dublin, 10 July 2012
Standards in Public Office Commission should be given supervisory role of standards in local government
Dublin, 27 June 2012
The sentencing today of the former town councillor Fred Forsey Jnr for corruption highlights the urgent need for comprehensive efforts to stamp out corruption in local government according to Transparency International Ireland (TI Ireland). Mr Forsey was convicted for receiving corrupt payments totalling €80,000 from a property developer who was seeking to get lands rezoned in Co Waterford. He is believed to be the first public representative in the history of the State to be convicted for corruption.
Wrongdoing continues to undermine economic stability
Dublin 6 June 2012
Anti-corruption group Transparency International Ireland (TI Ireland) today calls on political leaders to go beyond austerity policies to tackle fundamental governance gaps that undermine economic stability.
The call comes with the publication in Brussels of a report into corruption risks in Europe which highlights transparency deficits in the way policy decisions are made and political groups are funded in many EU countries, including Ireland.
The Transparency International report, 'Money, Politics and Power: Corruption Risks in Europe', highlights gaps in governance that contributed to the financial and political scandals in nearly every European country last year.
Dublin, 27 February 2012
Transparency International Ireland (TI Ireland) has welcomed the publication today of proposals for new legislation that should offer protection for whistleblowers across the public and private sectors. The Protected Disclosure in the Public Interest Bill 2012 will allow anyone working in business, government and the non-profit sectors comprehensive safeguards when disclosing information to their employers, the authorities, TDs or the press.
Ireland Falls Further Behind Northern European Neighbours in Corruption Perceptions Index
Dublin, 1 December 2011
Transparency International Ireland is calling on the government to honour its pledges for reform after its latest Corruption Perceptions Index shows that Ireland’s ranking has fallen and it now compares poorly to other northern European nations. The CPI 2011 shows Ireland tied with Belgium among northern European countries, with only France achieving a lower score. Britain was only one place ahead of Ireland.
Dublin, 11 November 2011
Transparency International Ireland (TII) welcomes Ireland’s ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. Ratification of the Convention sends out a clear signal of Ireland’s commitment to tackle corruption, at home and abroad, and will go some way to repairing the damage that corruption has caused to Ireland’s international reputation. The Convention creates a framework for co-operation between legal authorities and governments to work together to investigate and prosecute cross-border corruption.
Transparency International today launched the 2011 Bribe Payers Index. The index ranks 28 leading international and regional exporting countries by the likelihood of their firms to bribe abroad.
Independent group should oversee FIFA reform
Berlin, Dublin, 16 August 2011 – Transparency International (TI), the anti-corruption organisation, calls on world football's governing body, FIFA, to carry out comprehensive governance reforms overseen by a group composed of representatives from outside FIFA (including representatives from media and civil society) and inside football (including federations, clubs, professional leagues, players, women’s football, referees, supporters) in a way that ensures its independence.
Dublin, 28 July 2011
Transparency International Ireland (TI Ireland) has called for reform of the country’s ethics laws and the establishment of a new complaints procedure for people reporting abuses of public office.
Dublin, 26 May 2011 – Transparency International Ireland (TI Ireland) will launch its new ‘Speak Up’ Helpline, Ireland’s first service for whistleblowers and victims of corruption, today. The Speak Up Helpline will offer free, confidential information to people facing ethical dilemmas, those reporting concerns about wrongdoing in the workplace, waste and fraud in public bodies, or people or organisations that have been the victim of corruption or white collar crime. The service is the first of its kind in Western Europe, although Transparency International chapters already operate such helplines in around forty countries worldwide.
Dublin, 29 March 2011 - Transparency International (TI) Ireland has welcomed the announcement that the Criminal Assets Bureau has begun an investigation into the finances of Tipperary North TD Michael Lowry T.D. following the release of the Moriarty report last week.
Dublin, 24 March 2011 - Transparency International (Transparency) Ireland has asked that the Gardaí, Criminal Assets Bureau, Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and Norwegian authorities lead investigations into any prima facie criminal activities or company law violations surrounding the award of Ireland’s second mobile licence in 1995.
Dublin, 4 March 2011 - Noel Wardick is the former Head of International Programmes at the Irish Red Cross (IRC) where he directed the IRC's overseas humanitarian relie
Dublin, 9 February 2011 - The last programme for government contained clear but unfulfilled commitments on whistleblowers and corporate donations yet here again there is generally little commitment to specifics or timeframes
By John Devitt (this article appears in the current edition of Village Magazine)
The collapse of the Irish economy and collapse of trust in Irish politics has propelled reform up the political agenda. And given that any new government will have so little cash to play with, promises of institutional reform and open government are among the few they may be able to deliver.
Dublin, 9 December 2010 - Corruption levels have significantly increased, according to Irish public
Dublin, 9 December 2011 -
The Irish Red Cross Society
c/o Mr. David J. O’Callaghan
The Irish Red Cross Society
16 Merrion Square Dublin 2
Dear Mr O’Callaghan,
I write to formally and publicly raise the concerns of Transparency International Ireland with the Irish Red Cross Society over its dismissal of Mr. Noel Wardick, former Head of the Irish Red Cross’s International Department.
Public perceptions of corruption in Irish politics and the church amongst the worst in the world
Media Contact – John Devitt, 086 173 5040
Transparency International Ireland welcomes Standards in Public Office Commission annual report
Dublin, 19 July 2010 - Transparency International Ireland welcomes Standards in Public Office Commission annual report
Anti-corruption group Transparency International Ireland (TI Ireland) has repeated its call on the Government to introduce a single law protecting whistleblowers in both the public and private sector. The call was made after the State ethics watchdog the Standards in Public Office Commission (SiPOC) published its annual report for 2009 today.
Dublin, 27 May 2010 - The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs has recently called for public and NGO submissions on the future of Ireland's international development policy. As part of this process, TI Ireland has called for greater attention to be given to the harmful affects of corruption in the developing world and for greater resources to be allocated in combatting this scourge.
Transparency International Ireland has cautiously welcomed Government proposals for a crack down on white-collar crime.
Dublin, 20 May 2010 - Transparency International Ireland has cautiously welcomed Government proposals for a crack down on white-collar crime. But a spokesperson for the group has described its proposals for protecting whistleblowers as “window dressing”.
Dublin, 25 January 2010 - Anti corruption organisation Transparency International (TI) Ireland has responded to today’s Council of Europe report on corruption in Ireland by calling for the Government to introduce reforms to tackle the corruption and the sale of influence.
9 December 2009
International Anti Corruption Day – 9 December 2009 - The Irish chapter of Transparency International (TI) has called on the Irish Government to provide legal protection to anyone who reports evidence or a genuine suspicion of wrongdoing. TI Ireland is currently leading a campaign for legal safeguards for whistleblowers in Ireland and will publish a study and draft whistleblower legislation in the New Year.
The campaign is sponsored by the European Commission and a regional report has been published by TI offering a summary of measures across ten EU countries including Ireland. The full country study for Ireland is due to be published on 11 January 2010.
Dublin, 17 November 2009 – Ireland has risen for a second year running on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The 2009 results were published today by Transparency International (TI).
Ireland’s score has risen from 7.7 to 8 out of 10 since last year, with a score close to 10 suggesting extremely low levels of corruption. Ireland is now ranked alongside Germany as the 14th least corrupt country in the world out of 180 countries surveyed. Last year Ireland lay in 16th place.
John Devitt Chief Executive of TI Ireland warned against using the index as a measure of the Irish Government's progress on reform.
Transparency International (TI) Ireland today launched the first ever survey of Irish political party and candidate commitments to tackling the abuse of power in government and politics.
Dublin, 26 May 2009 - Transparency International Ireland also calls for comprehensive whistleblower protection to stop further abuse of power
The Irish chapter of anti-corruption organisation Transparency International (TI) has called on the Government to tackle systemic corruption rather than satisfy itself with the prosecution of Frank Dunlop who was sentenced today to two years in prison and fined €30,000 on five counts of bribery.
Dublin, 10 March 2009 - Terry Prone's article can be read here
To the editor of The Sunday Times
Terry Prone’s confused opinion piece (8 March 2009) “ Crooked moves and shady deals are in Ireland’s DNA ” might have been illuminating, and a lot less confused, had she actually read the National Integrity Systems Country Study by Transparency International (TI). It’s not entirely evident from her meanderings whether she even read the accompanying press release!
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Dublin, 23 November 2007 - After Britain's data protection scandal, John Devitt argues the alleged misuse of personal data by civil servants here must be investigated by the Garda as well as the Data Protection Commissioner
When the winner of a €115 million EuroMillions jackpot was announced in 2005, it wasn't just the media that jumped on the story. For reasons best known to themselves, 72 civil servants trawled the records of the Department of Social and Family Affairs to find out as much they could about Dolores McNamara, a housewife from Limerick and Ireland's newest multimillionaire.
14 November 2007
Transparency International's membership has elected John Devitt to its international Board of Directors at its Annual Membership Meeting in Indonesia.
Dublin, 26 October 2007 - As the Dail debates the Taoiseach's testimony to the Mahon Tribunal, Transparency International calls on both the Government and Opposition to articulate a clear vision to fight corruption.
The 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), launched today by Transparency International (TI), shows that Ireland’s international reputation for straight dealing has been hurt by weak safeguards against corruption and Government’s reversal of important political reforms.
Dublin, 18 July 2007 - TI 2007 Progress Report on the OECD Convention shows a lot more needs to be done. Ireland regarded as having made the least progress on foreign bribery.
The Irish chapter of anti-corruption group Transparency International (TI) has welcomed a Garda investigation into allegations that three Irish companies paid illegal kickbacks to Saddam Hussein in 2001. The UN is believed to have forwarded financial records to the Gardaí related to payments made during the ‘Oil for Food programme’.
Dublin, 12 July 2007 - Safeguards against potential conflicts of interest for former State servants must be introduced urgently, argues John Devitt.
I wish Tom Parlon well in his new role as director general of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). Mr Parlon brings with him a great deal of expertise and experience gained while a government minister at the Office of Public Works.
Dublin, 11 July 2007 - An RTÉ Online news item this morning titled "Concern over Parlon's new role" stated that “A Transparency International spokesman has said that Tom Parlon should not be allowed to become Director General of the Construction Industry Federation.”
Dublin, 28 June 2007 - Transparency International Ireland welcomes the publication of the Standards in Public Commission Report for 2006 which was released today.
Dublin, 25 April 2007 - Government proposals to raise the limit at which gifts and loans to Oireachtas members should be disclosed are disproportionate and will only increase the risk of corruption in political finance and government says anti-corruption organisation Transparency International Ireland (TI Ireland).
Dublin, 12 April 2007 - The OECD has published its long-awaited report on Ireland's efforts to prevent the bribery of public officials by Irish companies.
Dublin, 10 April 2007 - The OECD has published its long-awaited report on Ireland's efforts to prevent the bribery of public officials by Irish companies. It is one of the most damning the Paris think-tank has ever published, writes John Devitt
While we have made occasional attempts to come to grips with corruption at home, it now appears that Irish nationals may also been busy exporting corruption abroad. At the same time, the Irish authorities have turned a blind eye.
Dublin, 29 March 2007 - The 36-country OECD Working Group on Bribery expressed concern over Ireland’s commitment to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, notably given its poor participation in the five-day visit to Ireland by OECD examiners in October 2006.
19 December 2006
6 November 2006
Ireland ’s position improves but score remains the same
Dublin, 10 October 2006 - Amendments to the Ethics Act are a necessity but so is the need for transparency over appointments to public bodies, writes John Devitt
The payments controversy highlights not just the need to reform the Ethics Acts. It also underscores the urgent need for greater transparency in the way appointments are made to public bodies.
As the controversy over gifts and loans to the Taoiseach moves on, more time needs be devoted by commentators and politicians on both sides of the Oireachtas to the question of how the kind of crisis we witnessed over the past weeks can be avoided in the future.
Transparency International Ireland (TI Ireland) has called on all local government representatives to decline the offer of any corporate gift or hospitality at this year’s Ry
Dublin, 31 August 2006 - Transparency International Ireland (TI Ireland) has called on all local government representatives to decline the offer of any corporate gift or hospitality at this year’s Ryder Cup which may lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest.
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Dublin, 17 May 2006 - Open letter to the editor of Phoenix Magazine outlining facts about Transparency International
I write to comment on your entertaining but misleading piece titled “Irish worthies soft on Wolfowitz” from 7 May 2006. As your readers may be aware Transparency International does not undertake investigations, name names or comment on individual cases. Rather, our focus is on long-term solutions addressing systemic problems in the public and private sectors. Your readers may also be aware that it is not our organisation’s policy to call for the resignation of individual public officials or representatives. Furthermore, TI Ireland does not undertake international advocacy unless it is in coordination with the Secretariat or other TI chapters.
Berlin / Brussels 3 May 2006 --- European Union citizens deserve to know where their taxes are going.
Patrick D'Arcy has been elected as Chair of Transparency International Ireland at TI Ireland's first AGM.
Dublin, 13 March 2006
Dublin, 13 March 2006 - Transparency International Ireland (TI Ireland) and the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin have announced a partnership agreement that will see the anti-corruption group establish and manage an anti-corruption resource centre at the university.
Speaking at TI Ireland’s first AGM, Dr. Gerard McHugh, Head of Trinity’s School of Business said that the two organisations would work closely together in delivering information about the causes and costs of corruption.
Dublin, 13 February 2006 - Bob Geldof and Transparency International (TI) have joined forces to ensure that development assistance reaches those in desperate need.
During a meeting with TI today, Geldof also announced that he would urge British Prime Minister Tony Blair to appoint Peter Eigen, founder and former Chair of Transparency International, to a small group of influential individuals who would take on the mantle of monitoring the G-8’s progress in fulfilling its commitments.
Counterfeit drugs kill thousands each year and accelerate spread of drug-resistant diseases
Dublin, 1 February 2006 - The Global Corruption Report published by anti-corruptio
Dublin, 17 October 2005 - Full Irish Press Release with methodology and FAQs here
With ratification yesterday by Ecuador of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), the first truly global tool in the fight against corruption will enter into force on 14 December
Dubin, 15 September 2005 - With ratification yesterday by Ecuador of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), the first truly global tool in the fi
Transparency International Ireland (TI) has launched Ireland ’s first corruption news and analysis service.
Dublin, 28 July 2005 - Transparency International Ireland (TI) has launched Ireland ’s first corruption news and analysis service.
Bold actions by the Group of Eight industrialised nations (G-8) to attack corruption could make a dramatic impact on poverty, freeing up billions in aid money now lost to illicit a
TI Ireland, Transparency International’s national chapter in Ireland , has called for consultation with the general public in drafting and implementation of
Transparency International, the international non-governmental organisation devoted to combating corruption, today spoke out against the European Parliament's decision to rej
16 March 2005
Dublin, 13 January 2005 - International donors should take all possible steps to prevent corruption and diversion of aid from its intended recipients in tsunami-stricken regions in the Indian Ocean
International donors should take all possible steps to prevent corruption and diversion of aid from its intended recipients in tsunami-stricken regions in the Indian Ocean, said Transparency Intern
Dublin, 9 December 2004 - The Irish public perceive political parties as the sector or institution most affected by corruption, according to a new public opinion survey published today by Transpare
8 December 2004 - An Irish chapter of Transparency International (TI) launches in Dublin on December 8.It is the newest of some one hundred international offices of TI, the world’s only global NGO totally focussed on fighting corruption. The Berlin-based watchdog and think tank is probably best known for the annual Corruption Perceptions Index, a league table of the perceptions of the least and most corrupt countries.
The official launch at the Law Society this evening will also mark the first United Nations International Anti-Corruption Day. Events to mark the day, themed ‘It’s Your World: Fight Corruption’ will take place around the globe with a worldwide call for the ratification of the UN Convention on Corruption.
Transparency International Ireland leads the movement for public integrity in Ireland through advocacy, research, training and support for people who stand up against corruption in all its forms.