Statement by Minister Flanagan Further to Cabinet Briefing on the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Bill 2017 

26 July 2017

"The Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Bill is a major piece of legislation, which will deal with “white-collar” type crime. Since my appointment as Minister for Justice and Equality, I have made anti-corruption measures a priority. Some of the key provisions of the Bill will include the creation of new offences dealing with ‘trading in influence’, use of confidential information and knowingly or recklessly making a payment that would facilitate a corruption offence. 

“The Bill will go a long way towards meeting Ireland’s obligations under a number of international anti-corruption instruments and will also address a number of recommendations made by the Mahon Tribunal.

“This bill was brought to cabinet today, so that work on it can continue during the remainder of the summer; and it can be advanced in the autumn, as part of a broader, cross-Government package to tackle corruption and “white-collar” type crime. As it is still subject to some final and technical amendments, it is not appropriate for publication as of yet, but it is my intention to arrange for publication of the Bill in the near future.”

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