Directors Code Of Conduct

Inland Fisheries Ireland will operate to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, independence and fairness, as enshrined in the Code of Business Conduct for Directors.


Code of Business Conduct for Directors

1. Introduction

Inland Fisheries Ireland is responsible for promoting, supporting, facilitating and advising the Minister on theconservation, protection, management, development and
improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. In carrying out this vital role the Board must build and maintain the trust and confidence of those with whom it deals and sustain a reputation for honesty, integrity, independence and fair dealing. The Board wishes to have a lasting rewarding relationship with its stakeholders, the public, the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources and the various fisheries interests both commercial and recreational, its employees, its suppliers, its customers, which includes the communities in which it operates.

The Board has a high profile and its operations are subject to public scrutiny. It is essential that the Board and, in particular, those filling positions on the Board discharge their functions in an independent manner and act, and are seen to act, beyond reproach and take care to avoid any act or inactivity which may in any way undermine the integrity of the Boards activities.

While the highest ethical standards are required of all Board personnel, it is considered appropriate to provide specific guidance to the members of the Board in view of their special position.

Reference is made in the code to relevant Statutory Instruments and other relevant documents. In addition Directors are subject to the provisions of the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995 and the Standards in Public Office Act 2001, as well a general obligation to observe all applicable rules, regulations, legislation and laws including but not limited to the Department of Finance Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies which have relevance for them in the exercise of their positions as Directors.

Reference to any rules, regulations, legislation law and/or Code of Practice shall be construed as a reference to the same as it may have been or may from time to time be amended, modified or reenacted.

"confidential commercial information" means all and any information including technical information (whether or not recorded in documentary form or on computer disk or tape) relating to the affairs, organisational and business methods, corporate plans, management systems, finances, new business opportunities or research and development projects of the Board:

  • (a) which you shall acquire at any time during your directorship of the Board ; and
  • (b) which is not in the public domain

"technical information" means all and any trade secrets, secret formulae, process, inventions, designs, know-how, discoveries, technical specifications and other technical information (whether or not recorded in documentary form or on computer disk or tape) relating to the creation, production or supply of any past, present or future product or service of the Board.

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