Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesman Dara Calleary has welcomed the publication of the Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill describing it as an essential legislative basis for high standards in public life.

“This legislation is extremely important as the start of the response to the challenges presented by the findings of the Moriarty and Mahon Tribunals.  It is essential that there is a strong legislative framework in place to ensure high standards in public life and a basis from which public confidence in our institutions can be restored.

“Corrupt behaviour in public life is intolerable, no matter where it emanates from.  This legislation will ensure tough sentences and stiff penalties are in place for anyone found to have been engaged in corrupt practices.

“The Government has appeared reluctant to face-up to the recommendations of the Moriarty Report in particular.  I welcome the fact that progress is now being made and the Heads of the Bill can be debated by the Oireachtas Justice Committee.

“I look forward to a detailed engagement with my colleagues on the committee and interested parties on these issues and Fianna Fáil will play our part to ensure that the Bill will become law in the early part of the next Dáil session.”