The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Brendan Howlin T.D., on the 25th September 2015, published for public consultation draft Guidance for public bodies on the performance of their functions under the Protected Disclosures Act.
The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 provides statutory protections for workers in all sectors of the economy against reprisals in circumstances where they disclose information relating to wrongdoing that has come to their attention in the workplace. All public bodies are obliged under the Act to have internal procedures in place for dealing with protected disclosures and made available to their workers.
Commenting on the draft Guidance, the Minister said: “Since the Protected Disclosures Act was enacted in 2014, I have noticed a strong and increasing awareness and understanding of the need for a workplace environment where raising concerns and speaking-up in situations where a worker has a reasonable belief that wrongdoing is taking place is valued.
The Guidance that I now propose to issue to public bodies is founded in, and aligned with, this objective and should be of significant further assistance to public bodies in the performance of their functions under the Act.”
The Guidance was the subject of written consultation with all Government Departments. A consultative event was also held in the National Gallery in April at which a wide range of public bodies were represented.
Following a further public consultation (submissions received are available below), the Guidance has now been finalised and can be read here:
Submissions received to the Public Consultation on Guidance for Public Bodies under the Protected Disclosures Act:
|Name||Role / Organisation|
|1. David Lewis||Professor of Employment Law, Middlesex University, and Convenor of the International Whistleblowing Research Unit|
|2. Noel Tallon||Personal submission|
|3. Dan Philpott||Personal submission|
|4. Anna Killilea||Senior Executive, Employee Relations Advisory Services, HR Directorate, Health Service Executive|