15/03/2019

Public Consultation Launched On Anti-Fraud & Anti-Corruption Measures

The Department of Justice and Equality has invited submissions from interested parties on Ireland's anti-corruption and anti-fraud structures and procedures in criminal law enforcement, on behalf of a review group on the matter.

The review will assess the extent to which the various State bodies involved in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of fraud and corruption are working effectively together, and identify any gaps or impediments in this regard. 

Specifically, the group welcomes submissions on any of the following matters encompassed in its Terms of Reference:

• To identify the scope and extent of the structures and strategies within An Garda Síochána and other relevant agencies to prevent, investigate and penalise fraud and corruption and identify what gaps exist, by reference to international standards.

• To recommend options or potential solutions to any gaps or deficits identified during the analysis (e.g. whether a stand-alone anti-fraud/anti-corruption agency should be established, or improved cross-agency working/secondments, or thematic time bound joint-agency task forces set up as required).

• To review the extent of potential cross-over of any new structure with the evolving role of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and the work of the Cost of Insurance Working Group, and make recommendations to minimise risk of duplication.

• To review the adequacy of the legal basis for sharing of information/evidence between relevant bodies (national and international) necessary to tackle fraud and corruption, and make recommendations for any areas where additional legislation may be required.

• To assess the levels of resourcing and expertise or experience in relevant bodies and make any relevant recommendations.
Interested parties are urged to make submissions via AFACstructuresreview@justice.ie by 5pm on Friday 19 April.

Further information is available here.



(JG/CM)

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