Interim Guidance for Public Sector Employees and Prescribed Persons
On 9 November 2022, The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath, published interim guidance for public sector employees and prescribed persons on the handling of reports made to them under the Protected Disclosures Act.
The Protected Dislosures Act 2014 provides for a framework of statutory protections for whistleblowers in Ireland. The Act has been substantially overhauled by the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022. The new legislation came into operation on 1 January 2023.
Speak Up Safely Guide
TI Ireland published its Speak Up Safely Guide to help workers make an informed decision before sharing concerns about wrongdoing. The guide is aimed at helping workers understand Ireland’s whistleblowing legislation, the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, as well as giving practical tips on blowing the whistle safely. The guide was written using TI Ireland’s experience of the Speak Up Helpline since 2011. The guide can also be useful for employers and others working with people who are reporting concerns.
Speak Up Safely Poster and Information Card
Protected Disclosures (Whistleblowers): List of Prescribed Persons
Whistleblowers who report relevant wrongdoing to a prescribed person are protected from retaliation by the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform provides a list of prescribed persons you can make a protected disclosure to and a description of the matters you can report to them.
COVID-19 Guidance for Whistleblowers
Transparency International (TI) Ireland has developed guidance on whistleblowing for workers and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance includes support and resources for anyone looking to report wrongdoing, ethical misconduct or health and safety risks in the workplace.