IRELAND

In Process

Whistleblowers protection already in place

Ireland adopted the Public Disclosure Act legislation in 2014, also called the whistleblower legislation, to protect people who raise concerns about possible wrongdoing in the workplace.

The act is to be amended to enhance the protection it already provides and fit with the EU Directive requirements.

Ireland is one of the Member States which already had some comprehensive whistleblower protection legislation in place, and aims to exceed the EU Directive standards in its transposition into irish law.

Current implementation status

A bill to transpose the Directive into irish law has been passed in May 2021. However, the draft proposed had many gaps and didn’t address some of the areas that needed reform. There is some concerns that the draft bill lower the existing standards of the current whistleblower legislation.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has called the Irish Government to introduce a new dedicated office to handle whistleblowing reports and to give better protection to whistleblowers. This implies significant reforms of the current Public Disclosure Act legislation as well as the first draft bill.

The EU Commission has begun infringement proceedings against the majority of Member States who have not yet properly implemented the requirements, including Ireland. In regards to this, the new whistlblowers protection bill has been published on February 9, 2022, and is now under consideration.

Next steps

Recommendations put forward by the Oireachtas Finance Committee have been referred to the Attorney General for further consideration which, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath said, due to complex legal nature necessitated to be given more time for consideration.

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