Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act 2018 signed into law

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, announced Monday, 30 July 2018, that the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act 2018 has come into force. The Act was signed into law by the President on 5th June 2018 following swift passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas this year. The Act revamps the law on white collar crime in Ireland and will have a significant impact on companies and organisations operating in Ireland.

The Act substantially improves Irish legislation by consolidating the law in Ireland on crimes such as bribery and corruption. It also aims to enhance transparency over the actions of officials in positions of influence and power though the offences address corruption within both the public and private sectors.

The Act is one part of a series of initiatives proposed by the Irish Government last year in attempting to tackle white collar crime. The Act gives effect to certain recommendations in the report of the Mahon Tribunal which investigated corruption of public officials and planning irregularities. Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, has said that the Act represents a “complete modernisation” of the country’s laws.


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