Whistleblowing and Protected Disclosures – Preparing for the EU Whistleblowing Directive

Workshop for Trade Unions

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 9.00am – 1.00pm

Course Description

As part of the Integrity at Work initiative, Transparency International (TI) Ireland is holding an online workshop to help trade union representatives prepare for the EU Whistleblowing Directive.

When the EU Whistleblowing Directive is transposed into Irish law this year, more organisations will be obliged to establish whistleblowing procedures. Now is the time for employers to review their arrangements and ensure they are in line with best practice.

The aim of this workshop is to inform trade union representatives about their responsibilities under the Protected Disclosures Act (PDA) 2014, outline the requirements of the EU Whistleblowing Directive and share best practice and insights on dealing with reports and disclosures.

Course Content

The workshop will aim to answer the following questions:

  • What are the duties of employers under the PDA?
  • What are the requirements of the new EU Whistleblowing Directive?
  • What are best practice principles for dealing with reports/disclosures?
  • How can employers foster workplaces where staff feel safe to raise a concern?


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.


The workshop is being offered at a special rate of €95 per ticket. If you wish to pay by invoice, please let us know and we will organise that for you.

How to Book

To book your place, please email Jane Matthews – jmatthews@transparency.ie. More information on our booking policies is available here.