Minister Humphreys announces appointment process for Chairperson and ordinary members of the Advisory Council against Economic Crime and Corruption

 

 

17 September, 2021

 

The Minister for Justice, Heather Humphreys TD, today announced that she is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for appointment to the Advisory Council against Economic Crime and Corruption, which will be established later this year. An independent Chairperson will be appointed to lead the work of the Council and six ordinary members are being sought to represent the following sectors: (i) business and the financial sector, (ii) academia, and (iii) civil society.

 

The term of appointment of the Chairperson is four years, renewable once, and the membership term for ordinary members is three years. The expected time commitment is 24 days’ work spread out over the course of a year for the Chairperson and 12 days’ work over the course of a year for the ordinary members.

 

The Advisory Council against Economic Crime and Corruption will be established on a non-statutory basis and will consist of 20 members. The membership will be made up of an independent Chairperson, 13 public sector representatives, two representatives of business and the financial sector, two representatives of academia, and two representatives of civil society.

 

Launching the recruitment process, Minister Humphreys said,

 

“Ireland’s reputation as a leading destination and hub for business is hugely important for our economy and we must always strive to uphold our hard won reputation.

 

“White collar crime has the potential to undermine confidence in our economic system but we in Government will take every step to ensure that the State gives no quarter to criminals.

 

“The establishment of the Advisory Council against Economic Crime and Corruption was a significant recommendation made by the review group led by James Hamilton in respect of the structures to advance work in this area.

 

“The Chairperson and ordinary members of the Council who are there to represent business and the financial sector, civil society, and academia will have an essential role to play in shaping Ireland’s approach to economic crime and corruption. I encourage suitably qualified candidates from across society to apply – their expertise will be very welcome and will strengthen Ireland’s ability to address economic crime and corruption in an effective and joined-up way.”

 

An overview of the application process has been prepared for potential applicants and can be found at the following link (http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/EoI_Advisory_Council_ECC

- information at the link will be live from 8am, Friday 17 September).

 

This overview covers the terms of appointment, the main duties of the Chairperson and ordinary members, the experience which it would be essential or desirable for candidates to have, and the selection process. 

 

Applications must be submitted not later than 15:00 (Dublin time) on Friday 8 October 2021, and no late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

 

Any queries concerning this recruitment process should be sent to secretariat@anticorruption.ie

 

ENDS…/

 

Notes to the Editor:

 

Expressions of interest should be submitted by email to secretariat@anticorruption.ie by 15:00 (Dublin time) on Friday 8 October 2021.

 

The establishment of the Advisory Council against Economic Crime and Corruption was one of the recommendations made in the Review of Structures and Strategies to Prevent, Investigate and Penalise Economic Crime and Corruption. The review was led by James Hamilton, the former Director of Public Prosecutions.

 

The remit of the Council is to advise and make proposals to Government on strategic and policy responses to economic crime and corruption, and a primary task for the Council will be to develop a multi-annual strategy to combat economic crime and corruption and an accompanying action plan.

 

A Forum of senior representatives from the relevant operational bodies was recently established on a formal and permanent basis to facilitate greater inter-agency co-ordination, collaboration and information-sharing among operational agencies.

 

Main duties of the Chairperson and ordinary members

 

Details of the main duties of the appointed Chairperson and ordinary members are set out in the application booklet.

 

Terms of appointment

The term of appointment of the Chairperson is four-years, renewable once, and the membership term for ordinary members is three years.

 

Fees

The following are the fees payable to the Chairperson and ordinary members of the Council:

 

 

Travel and subsistence reimbursement in accordance with rates published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform from time to time for the civil service will be provided for essential travel. 

 

Selection process

 

Information on the selection process can be found at the following link: http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/EoI_Advisory_Council_ECC