The Government has failed to implement reforms aimed at dealing with corruption, according to an anti-corruption organisation.

Transparency International Ireland said very little progress has been made by the Government when it comes to introducing promised reforms aimed at tackling corruption.

A European Commission-funded study found that measures aimed at preventing undue influence over public policy and stopping corruption in local government have yet to be implemented.

The study is also critical of the Government's delay in bringing a whistleblower protection bill before the Oireachtas.

The report said the delays in introducing promised reforms could cost the Irish economy billions every year.

However, it welcomes recent measures aimed at increasing transparency in political party funding and new laws aimed at combating bribery and white collar crime.