Whistleblowing and Protected Disclosures – Preparing for the EU Whistleblowing Directive

Workshop for Prescribed Persons and Government Departments


Tuesday 15 June 2021, 9.00am – 1.00pm

Course Description

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

This half-day session will inform participants about their responsibilities under the PDA; outline the recommendations of the EU Whistleblowing Directive which will be transposed into Irish law this year; and share best practice and insights on dealing with reports and disclosures.

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 the Directive will bring.

Course Content

The workshop will aim to answer the following questions:

  • What are the duties of ‘prescribed persons’ and government departments under the PDA?
  • 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?


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 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.

How to Book

To book your place, please email Stephanie Casey, IAW Programme Manager – support@transparency.ie.  More information on our booking policies is available here.