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Ahern Launches new Anti-Bribery website

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern TD, today launched a new website to raise awareness of anti-bribery measures.

The website launch follows the publication last year of an OECD Report on Ireland’s implementation of the Convention on bribery of foreign public officials in International Business Transactions. The website, although set up by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, represents a cross-departmental approach by the Government to raise awareness of the Convention.

The new website informs members of the public about the consequences of bribery and corruption for both individuals and companies working in an international business environment. The Minister said that Ireland is very committed to ensuring that bribes to officials either at home or abroad are treated as criminal offences and to raising awareness of its obligations under international treaties or conventions so that a level playing field can be created for all companies operating internationally. The public will have access to these treaties and conventions and it can also find how and where it should make complaints in situations where they believe bribery and corruption may be taking place.

Minister Ahern said: "This website will play a very important role in informing the public about the detrimental effect that bribery and corruption can have on business transactions both at home and abroad. It is important  we raise awareness of the impact of bribery and corruption, that we inform people of our international obligations in the fight against bribery and corruption, and, most importantly that they know how to address such issues if  they come across them in their day to day business dealings."

Minister Ahern intends to publish a new Bill in the coming weeks that will take account of OECD recommendations in this area.

The new website is www.anticorruption.ie.