Almost one-in-seven workers in the Houses of the Oireachtas have experienced bullying, according to the results of draft findings of a survey seen by RTÉ News.
In March 2019, the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission launched the Dignity and Respect Statement of Principles and Policy.
The commission decided to conduct a survey to determine the extent to which bullying, harassment and sexual harassment is prevalent within the parliamentary workplace.
The findings show that of the 1,401 people that were eligible to take part in the survey, just 514 people participated in the survey between March and April this year.
15% of people experienced bullying with abuse of power and verbal bullying the most prevalent forms.
8% of those surveyed said they had experienced harassment such as discrimination or derogatory comments were reported by 8% of those surveyed and 3% reported sexual harassment.
A larger number reported to have witnessed those behaviours.
Of those who said they had experienced bullying 57% claimed it was by direct employer/superior/line manager.
43% said it was by another individual in the workplace. 76% said they did not formally report they were bullied.
On a more positive note, 78% of people surveyed said they felt safe working in the Houses of the Oireachtas and 61% said they were treated with respect.
The draft Parliamentary Workplace Survey will be brought before the Oireachtas Commission tomorrow morning at which it is expected it will be signed off by members, including the Ceann Comhairle.