07 November 2006
Ireland one of the most corrupt nations in the western world
By Shaun Connolly, Political Correspondent
IRELAND remains one of the most corrupt nations in the western world, a major international survey revealed yesterday.
Bribery is perceived to be far more rampant in this countryâ€™s public sector than in similar countries such as Britain. A corruption index gave Ireland an honesty rating of 7.4 out of a possible 10, well below the leaders Iceland, Finland and New Zealand which each received a score of 9.6.
The Republicâ€™s ranking was the same as last year, but allowed it to rise one place to 18th in the honesty league, seven places below Britain, which scored 8.6.
The Corruption Perceptions Index drawn-up by Transparency International found a strong link between corruption and poverty, with a concentration of impoverished states at the bottom of the ranking.
â€œCorruption traps millions in poverty. Despite a decade of progress in establishing anti-corruption laws and regulations, these results indicate that much remains to be done before we see meaningful improvements in the lives of the worldâ€™s poorest citizens,â€