Sipo wants two-year jail term for breaches of ban on lobbying after leaving public office
The watchdog says current rules for politicians and top civil servants who break post-employment rules are not enforceable
The state’s anti-corruption watchdog has recommended that breaches of the rules placed on politicians and senior civil servants when they leave office should carry penalties of up to two years’ imprisonment, a €2,500 fine, or both.
The Standards in Public Office Committee (Sipo) said rules which ban certain public officials from lobbying or being employed by a lobbyist for a year after they leave their post were not currently legally enforceable.
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