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Penalties

Individuals

What penalties are available to the courts for violations of corruption laws by individuals?

Under the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act 2018, on summary conviction, penalties range from:

  • a fine of up to €5,000;
  • a term of imprisonment of up to 12 months; and
  • forfeiture of any gift, consideration or advantage obtained in connection with the offence or property to the value of such gift, consideration or advantage. 

On conviction on indictment, penalties range from:

  • an unlimited fine;
  • a term of imprisonment of up to 10 years; and
  • forfeiture of any gift, consideration or advantage obtained in connection with the offence or property to the value of such gift, consideration or advantage.

In certain circumstances, the court may also order an Irish official to forfeit their office and prohibit them from holding office for up to 10 years.

Companies or organisations

What penalties are available to the courts for violations of corruption laws by companies or organisations?

Under the 2018 act, if convicted, a company is liable to a fine of up to €5,000 on summary conviction or an unlimited fine on conviction on indictment. Should a director, officer or employee of a corporate body also be found liable, they will attract penalties as set out above.