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Codes of Conduct

Section 10 of the Standards in Public Office Act 2001 provides for the introduction of Codes of Conduct which 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 duties.

The Standards Commission is responsible for the publication and distribution of Codes of Conduct. The Codes themselves are drawn up by other parties, following consultation with the Standards Commission.

The Codes of Conduct for Members of Dáil Éireann and for Members of Seanad Éireann were drawn up by the appropriate Committees on Members' Interests while the Code of Conduct for Office Holders was drawn up by the Government. The Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour was issued by the Minister for Finance by way of a Circular (26/04).  Codes of Conduct for directors and employees in the Wider Public Service have yet to be prepared.