Examples of corruption

Examples of corruption

Corruption is a widely and deeply rooted problem in our society, causing continuing damage to us and the generations to come.

The institutions that are responsible for controlling the transparent and responsible public management don’t have the resources or organisational structure to respond effectively to the scale of the problem, and are rarely independent.

The General Inspector of Public Administration, in the annual report published in July 2016, highlights the following:

  • The organisation is overloaded by the volume of reports made, and is unable to investigate them “in a reasonable timeframe”, creating a serious problem in the timely oversight of fiscal and management controls
  • In 69% of 2015 cases reviewed the sentence was found too lenient
  • 20% of cases relate to illegal activities, 4% to corruption

From 2017 the preventative budgetary checks will be done internally and not by independent bodies – raising questions of constitutionality

Cases investigated included:

  • Municipality employee who submitted an incomplete asset disclosure between 2007 and 2011, omitting bank deposits of €400,000
  • Municipality employee who submitted an incomplete asset disclosure between 2008 and 2011, omitting ownership of a €15,000 boat and savings fluctuating in value between €147,000 and €229,000
  • Municipality employee who submitted an incomplete asset disclosure between 2007 and 2011, omitting bank deposits of €1,380,000
  • Ministry employee who submitted an incomplete asset disclosure between 2007 and 2011, omitting a substantial number of stocks, car, two pieces of agrarian land, and 2 pools of 36sqm
  • Ministry employee who submitted an incomplete asset disclosure between 2007 and 2013, omitting bank deposits of €276,000
  • Ministry employee who held assets (vehicle, stocks and bank deposits) not covered by visible and legal funds, of €100,000
  • An employee of a municipality who held assets (car, boat and bank deposits) not covered by visible and legal funds, of €190,000

Actions by public officials out of line with their duties that cause detriment both to individuals and to the public at large are clearly widespread, underreported and under investigated.

We, as responsible citizens who want to live in a modern, productive and functioning country need to uncover and battle corruption.

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