Posted on May 16, 2018
Transparency International (TI) Ireland today launches the first National Integrity Index on Local Authorities, which ranks Ireland’s 31 local authorities based on three criteria: Transparency, Accountability and Ethics. The index and report are the result of eight months of research during 2017 and early 2018 into the systems and practices for promoting integrity in Ireland’s 31 city and/or county councils.
‘Local authorities are responsible for public spending worth over €4 billion every year and despite the findings of the Mahon Tribunal and the 2015 RTÉ Investigates exposé on standards in public office, it seems that still too little effort is being made to prevent and address corruption in our local authorities’, said Kelly McCarthy, TI Ireland Advocacy and Research Coordinator.
A Donor Advised Fund that has a particular interest in social policy and advocacy from The Community Foundation for Ireland, provided funding to the Transparency International Index to publish the National Integrity Index.
Galway City Council tops the National Integrity Index on Local Authorities for 2018, receiving 21 points out of 30, two more than the councils that came in second place. Galway City Council had the joint-highest score in the Accountability category and the highest score in the Ethics category. Fingal County Council and South Dublin County Council came joint-second in the rankings, with 19 points. Dublin City Council and Monaghan County Council came joint-fourth in the rankings, with 18 points. Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council had the joint-highest score in the Transparency category, while Monaghan County Council had the joint-highest score in the Accountability category.
In addition to the rankings included in the ‘National Integrity Index – Local Authorities’ report, the study also found that there is a significant relationship between the proportion of women in senior management positions in local authorities and local authorities’ scores. In other words, the local authorities with higher proportions of women in senior management roles tended to have better systems and practices to promote integrity and prevent corruption.
You can download the full report here: https://www.transparency.ie/resources/national-integrity-index