TDs and ministers to get fixed fines for ethics breaches

The move comes after recent controversies about the disclosures made by politicians including Robert Troy and Damien English

The current model of investigating ethics issues was found to be "lengthy and cumbersome” in dealing with “clearcut cases”. Picture: Getty

Ministers, TDs and senior public servants face the prospect of fixed fines if they are found to have breached their codes of conduct.

A new review of the ethical rules for politicians has found that the current model of investigating breaches through the Standards in Public Office Commission was “lengthy and cumbersome” in dealing with “clearcut cases” of breaches of the rules.

It has recommended bringing in fixed fines so that there are “effective sanctions” ...