Dismal delivery record by Fine Gael on white collar crime reforms – Kelleher

–  Over half of all government actions to be delivered by Q4 2018 missed –

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Business, Enterprise & Innovation Billy Kelleher has said that there has been a dismal delivery record by Fine Gael on white collar crime reforms promised to be completed over the last 12 months.

To much fanfare in November 2017, the government launched the report Measures to Enhance Ireland’s Corporate, Economic and Regulatory Framework, with 28 actions to reform and enhance the State’s laws and tools to fight white collar crime.

Like in other policy areas, the progress in delivering 1 year on is damming.

PQ data I have received from the Departments of Business, Justice and Finance show that out of 23 actions to be completed by Q4 2018 – only 11 have been completed – meaning over half of all actions have been missed.

The following lists some of the actions that the government has failed to deliver by its own deadlines and also exposes tardy legislative delivery:

  • Enact Bill to establish a new independent Agency to investigate increasingly complex breaches of company law;
  • Dept. of Business to consider the CLRG Report on Report on Corporate Governance and publish General Scheme of Bill;
  • Review anti-corruption and anti-fraud structures;
  • Establish a Garda-led Joint Agency Task Force on a pilot basis as part of the overall review of structures & procedures;
  • Publish and enact Criminal Procedure Bill;
  • Publish Progress Report on the implementation of the recommendations of the Report of the Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis;
  • Establish a central register for beneficial ownership of companies and industrial and provident societies.

“White Collar reforms have been a fig leaf under Fine Gael. In the 2011 Programme for Government, many commitments were entered into, yet not delivered on.

The collapse of the longest running criminal trial in history, involving charges against Sean FitzPatrick, represented a damning indictment of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE).

“The government has promised for the last year to publish an account of the investigative failures from the trail and have at every opportunity fudged this. Minister Humphrey’s must publish this at once.

“Ministerial oversight of the ODCE under successive Fine Gael Ministers in the Department of Business relating to insufficient staff resources leaves a lot to be desired.

“The Taoiseach and his ministers revel in announcing plans but must be held accountable when their commitments are not met.  The poor progress in bringing forward white collar reforms exposes the poor delivery record by Fine Gael yet again,” concluded Kelleher.

Fianna Fáil
Billy Kelleher TD
Spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation

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