On November 2, 2017, Ireland’s Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D. published the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Bill 2017 known simply as the “Bill.” The Bill constitutes a major reform effort for Ireland as it significantly overhauls its Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption (ABAC) framework by repealing antiquated provisions of previous ABAC laws from 1899 to 2010. In addition to repealing old laws the Bill also offers an innovative model to other countries seeking to strengthen their ABAC laws.
The offences created by the bill will apply to Irish businesses and individuals wherever in the world the corrupt acts take place, and regardless of whether the acts are a criminal offence in that particular jurisdiction. The new legislation has been approved by both chambers of the country’s parliament and will now be passed to the Irish president, Michael D Higgins, to be signed into law.
Download our whitepaper, “Ireland’s New Criminal Justice Corruption Offenses Bill” to learn about some key provisions in the Bill and explain their implications for your compliance program.