An independent survey, which aimed to determine the extent to which bullying and sexual harassment was prevalent within the Oireachtas, has shown that bullying and harassment, both verbal and sexual, of staff within the Oireachtas is common, with 1 in 5 of those surveyed saying they had been bullied or harassed, verbally or sexually, within the past year.

The survey was carried out in March and April of this year and looked at all those who work in the Oireachtas, including those employed by political parties, TDs, or Senators, as well as journalists. 515 people completed the survey.

The survey was carried out as part of the new Dignity and Respect Policy of the Oireachtas.

Coyne Research, who conducted the independent survey, presented the results at today’s meeting of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission. The Commission say they are fully supportive to the implementation of the Dignity and Respect policy and that procedures are in place for those who wish to raise a concern under the policy.

The majority of those working in the Oireachtas said they felt their workplace was a safe place and that the people who worked there were treated with respect.