Whistleblowing and Protected Disclosures – Preparing for the EU Whistleblowing Directive

As part of the Integrity at Work programme, Transparency International (TI) Ireland is holding an online workshop for government departments, and regulators defined as ‘prescribed persons’ under the Protected Disclosures Act (PDA) 2014.

This half-day session will inform participants about their responsibilities under the PDA (in particular sections 7 and 8), outline the recommendations of the new EU Whistleblowing Directive, and share best practice and insights on dealing with reports and disclosures. The workshop will take place via Zoom on Monday, 7 December from 9.00 – 13.30.

The workshop will aim to answer the following questions:

• What are the duties of ‘prescribed persons’ and government departments under the Protected Disclosures Act?

• What are the requirements of the new EU Whistleblowing Directive?

• What are best practice principles for dealing with reports/disclosures?

• What are the current and future challenges for ‘prescribed persons’ and government departments?

Whether your organisation already deals with reports on a regular basis or has yet to receive one, this event is designed to share best practice and help you to prepare for the changes that the Directive will bring.

The workshop costs €175 for non-members of the Integrity at Work programme and €75 for members. If you wish to pay by invoice, please let us know and we will organise that for you.

For booking enquiries, please contact Niamh O’ Connor – noconnor@transparency.ie / 083 056 6363.

The workshop will be facilitated by TI Ireland Associates:

Gráinne Madden is founder and senior consultant of GMJ Associates, which provides guidance to Irish businesses on responsible business practice. Gráinne’s work includes development of corporate responsibility strategy, non-financial reporting and report assurance, development and implementation of ethical compliance programmes and protected disclosure policies. Gráinne also lectures on Corporate Responsibility to MBA students in Trinity College Dublin and Griffith College Dublin.

Dr Lauren Kierans is a qualified barrister specialising in Whistleblowing Law. Lauren co-authored ‘Protected Disclosures Act 2014 – Annotated Legislation’ with Anthony Kerr (published by Round Hall). She was awarded the governmental project for the drafting of the protected disclosures procedures guidance for public bodies on behalf of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Lauren lectures Whistleblowing Law at undergraduate level and as a Professional Certificate at Maynooth University.

About Integrity at Work

The Integrity at Work (IAW) programme has been designed by TI Ireland to help foster workplaces where people are supported to raise concerns of wrongdoing and act with integrity. Our members include government departments, public sector bodies, charities, regulators and companies. Members’ events and training provide an opportunity to share best practice, to learn about legal developments and to develop strategies to promote ethical standards and build trust amongst staff and stakeholders.