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Anticorruption on the Emerald Isle

Eric Brotten, JD, CCEP-I ( is Director of International Compliance Programs at Optum in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA.

In the summer of 2018, the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Bill passed through the houses of Ireland’s parliament, the Oireachtas, and was enacted on June 5 and commenced July 30.[1] The Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act (the Act) modernizes and consolidates Irish laws previously covering crimes such as bribery and corruption [e.g., The Prevention of Corruption Acts (1889 – 2010) and the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act, 2001].[2] The Act has roots in earlier initiatives proposed by the Irish government to tackle corruption in response to the Mahon Tribunal, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and European Union recommendations.[3]

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