FOUR in five people believe corruption of widespread in Ireland, according to a new EU report.
A Eurobarometer survey contained in the European Commission’s latest anti-corruption report also found half of people believed corrupt practices have increased in the past three years.
It found 3pc of Irish people had paid a bribe or had been expected to pay a bribe last year.
The report also noted a “general climate of mistrust in the transparency and accountability of the financial sector”.
It found that although the Government had made substantial reforms to strengthen anti-corruption measures, there were still concerns about the need for more deterrents for white collar crime.
Just a quarter of people believed Government efforts to combat corruption were effective, while the same proportion of people thought there had been enough successful prosecutions in Ireland to deter people from corrupt practice.