Sunday, 20th May 2018
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At 7am on Wednesday 25 April 2018, Transparency International Ireland will launch the first study and ranking of local authorities in Ireland, based on their systems to prevent corruption. The National Integrity Index on Local Authorities marks each local authority against 30 criteria, under the categories of Transparency, Accountability and Ethics.

The criteria measure the local authorities’ fulfilment of obligations relating to planning, zoning, ethics declarations, lobbying, procurement, protected disclosures, freedom of information and financial transparency, amongst other issues. The study looks in particular at issues raised in the Mahon Tribunal and in the 2015 RTÉ Investigates exposé on standards in public office, as well as issues raised in other TI Ireland research projects.

TI Ireland will launch the report as well as the http://www.national-integrity-index.ie webpages. The webpages will feature an interactive table of results, map of results as well as the report. The report includes the study’s findings as well as recommendations for local authorities, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Local Government Management Agency and the County and City Management Association.

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