Codes of Conduct

Section 10 of the Standards in Public Office Act 2001 provides for Codes of Conduct that set out the standards of conduct and integrity expected to be observed by the persons to whom they relate in the performance of their official functions. These codes are published by the Standards Commission.

There is deemed to be included in the terms under which a person holds a designated directorship or special advisership or occupies a designated position of employment a provision requiring the person to have regard to and be guided by the relevant code of conduct in the performance of his or her official functions.

Codes of conduct, drawn up under the Standards in Public Office Act 2001, are admissible in any proceedings before a court or tribunal or a Committee of Members’ Interests or the Standards Commission, and any provision of the code that appears relevant to the proceedings may be taken into account in the determination of the matter.
Oireachtas member other than office holders

The Code of Conduct for Members of Dáil Éireann and the Code of Conduct for Members of Seanad Éireann were drawn up by the appropriate Committees on Members’ Interests.

Office holders

The Code of Conduct for Office Holders was drawn up by the Government.

Civil Servants

The Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour was drawn up by the Minister for Finance.  The code forms part of the terms of employment of all civil servants who are expected to apply it at all times.

Civil Servants and Politics

Civil servants are required to be impartial in the performance of their duties, under the Civil Service Code of Standards & Behaviour.  Department of Finance Circular 09/2009 – Civil Servants and Political Activity consolidates arrangements concerning civil servants and political activity.