A European report published today has found there is growing concern about corruption in Ireland following the publication of the Mahon Tribunal report.

The Council of Europe Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) found that the perception of corruption levels in Ireland has increased.

GRECO also found that political parties and politicians have low levels of trust in Ireland and that the Irish authorities are aware of that.

The report looked at the system for ensuring integrity and preventing corruption and misconduct among members of the Oireachtas, judges and prosecutors.

Much of the report is positive, but it highlights areas of concern in relation to corruption and the potential for it in Ireland.

GRECO said the monitoring of the members' adherence to standards and codes of conduct needs to be broadened and improved.

It has recommended that the existing ethics framework be replaced.

A values-based framework was recommended to include situations of conflicts of interests, such as contacts with lobbyists, gifts and post-employment situations.

It has also recommended the existing regime on asset declarations be enhanced.

However, the report also described the legislative process in the Oireachtas as very transparent.

It pointed out that a culture of openness built on a solid legal framework has developed.

The report also found the independence and professionalism of the judiciary to be undisputed.

However, it said reforms in relation to the appointment and promotion of judges are necessary to target the best candidates and maintain judicial integrity and independence.

GRECO said the prosecution service needs to be more transparent.

It also said it needs to be more organised in how it receives and handles complaints about the integrity and ethical conduct of prosecutors.

It has made 11 recommendations, which it said will be assessed in the first half of 2016.