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Learning Our Lessons: How Can We Stop Corruption? TI Ireland Report Launch & Half Day Seminar

Date: 25 October 2012, 12.00-15.30
Venue: European Parliament Offices, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2


12.00-12.30   Reception  - tea/coffee and sandwiches

12.30-12.50   Welcoming remarks  and keynote address

  • John Devitt, CEO Transparency International Ireland
  • Brian Hayes TD, Minister of State for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works

12.50-13.15 Outline of Report’s Main Findings and Q &A

  • Nuala Haughey, Advocacy and Research Manager, Transparency International Ireland
  • John Devitt, CEO Transparency International Ireland

13.15-14.15 Panel discussion I: Corruption-proofing: how do we safeguard against future crises?


  • Dr Elaine Byrne, Irish expert to the European Commission on corruption, Sunday Independent columnist, author of Political Corruption in Ireland 1922-2010 A Crooked Harp? (2012). 
  • Carl Dolan, policy officer, Transpareny InternationaI Liaison office to the EU.
  • Prof Gary Murphy, head of School of Law and Government, Dublin City University.
  • Michael Smith, editor Village Magazine, former board member Transparency International Ireland, former chair of An Taisce.
  • Moderator: Sam Smyth, journalist and broadcaster.

14.15-14.30 Coffee

14.30-15.30 Panel discussion II:  Ending impunity: how do we call people to account?


  • John McGuinness TD,  chair of Committee of Public Accounts.
  • Imelda Higgins BL, barrister, adjunct lecturer in corruption law at Trinity College Dublin, advisor to the Mahon Tribunal, author of Corruption Law (Roundhall 2012, forthcoming).
  • Shelley Horan BL, barrister, adjunct lecturer in corporate, white collar and regulatory crime at Trinity College Dublin, author of Corporate Crime (Bloomsberry 2011).
  • Prof Shane Kilcommins, professor of law, University College Cork.
  • Moderator: Dearbhail McDonald, Legal Affairs Editor, The Irish Independent

15.30 Closing remarks

  • John Devitt, CEO Transparency International Ireland