Whistleblowing and Protected Disclosures – An Introduction to Best Practice Principles


Dates are available on request.


9.30am – 1.00pm

Course Description

This course is designed for managers and anyone nominated to receive protected disclosures within your organisation. The session provides information on the key definitions and employer obligations under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, and how to promote supportive working environments for dealing with concerns. Participants will have an opportunity to apply their learning through case study practice. This course can be delivered online for up to 20 participants.

Course Content

Topics covered within the course include:

  • Whistleblowing – key definitions and concepts
  • Key definitions in the Protected Disclosures Act 2014
  • Protections for disclosers
  • Reporting options
  • Employers’ obligations
  • Creating supportive working environments for workers to raise a concern
  • Best practice principles in responding to reports/disclosures
  • Resources for workers and employers


Gráinne Madden, GMJ Associates

Gráinne Madden, Founder and Senior Consultant, GMJ Associates

Gráinne Madden is the 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, BL, Assistant Professor of Law, Maynooth University

Dr Lauren Kierans lectures in Whistleblowing Law at undergraduate level and as a Professional Certificate at Maynooth University. She is also a qualified barrister specialising in Whistleblowing Law. Lauren holds a PhD on Protected Disclosures and has published articles, book chapters and national reports on whistleblowing law. She co-authored Protected Disclosures Act 2014 - Annotated Legislation with Anthony Kerr (published by Round Hall). Lauren 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.

How to Book

For more information, please contact Stephanie Casey, IAW Programme Manager, at support@transparency.ie.

Our booking policy is available here.