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Launch of NIS Study and Public Discussion - 'If bad governance caused the financial crisis, what's the cure?'

Dublin, 1 February 2009 - Buswells Hotel, Molesworth St, Dublin 2, 11am to 1pm

Transparency International Ireland will launch a major report on corruption controls in Ireland on 2 March. The National Integrity System Study is the most wide ranging analysis to be ever conducted on the issue in Ireland. It examines the risk of corruption and abuse of power in government, politics, business, civil society and the media. It also looks at the role these sectors have to play in promoting integrity in public life. The study also makes some forty recommendations to tackle a problem that contributed to the world financial crisis and is believed to be costing the Irish economy an additional €3 billion each year in lost revenues and foreign investment.



The launch of the study and a public discussion ‘If bad governance caused the financial crisis, what’s the cure?’. A panel of speakers including Susan O’Keeffe (former ‘World in Action’ reporter whose work led to the Beef Tribunal), Professor Brian Lucey (Professor of Finance, Trinity College Dublin) and John Devitt (Chief Executive, Transparency International Ireland).

The discussion will look at the role the abuse of power had to play in sowing the seeds of the financial crisis and what needs to be done to restore trust and confidence in our economic and political system.