The functions of the Commission are described in Sections 5(1) and (2) of the Integrity in Public Life Act, 2000. The Commission is required to carry out those functions and exercise the powers specified in the Act.
- receives, examines and retains all declarations filed with it under the Act
- makes such enquiries as it considers necessary in order to verify or determine the accuracy of a declaration filed under the Act
- compiles and maintains a Register of Interests
- receives and investigates complaints regarding any alleged breaches of the Act or any suspected offence committed under the Prevention of Corruption Act
- investigates the conduct of any person falling under the purview of the Commission which, in the opinion of the Commission, may be considered dishonest or conducive to corruption
- examines the practices and procedures of public bodies, in order to facilitate the discovery of corrupt practices
- instructs, advises and assists the heads of public bodies of changes in practices or procedures which may be necessary to reduce the occurrence of corrupt practices
- carries out programs of public education intended to foster an understanding of standard of integrity
- performs such other functions and exercises such powers as are required by the Act.
(2) In the exercise of its powers and performance of its functions under this Act, the Commission is not subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority. It may, in all cases where it considers it appropriate to do so, make use of the services or draw upon the expertise of any law enforcement agency or the Public Service.
The Commission has the power to authorize investigations, summon witnesses, require the production of any reports, documents, other relevant information, and to do all such things as it considers necessary or expedient for the purpose of carrying out its functions