Legislation Protecting Whistleblowers is to be Enforced From Today
The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 was announced by the Minister for Expenditure and Public Reform, Brendan Howlin this morning. Speaking on the introduction of the legislation, he said it “sets a new standard in terms of international best practice for whistleblower protection”.
“It sends out a very clear message that whistleblowers’ concerns must be listened to and acted on and those who make such reports should not be penalised for doing so.”
The act marks a significant shift in protocol surrounding Protected Disclosures, removing any “good faith” or public interest tests which may act as a deterrent to people making such disclosures.
If an employee is dismissed for whistleblowing, they may be entitled to up to 5 years remuneration as a result of this new legislation.
The people who now enjoy such protection are all employees, including contractors, agency workers, gardaí and members of the Defence Forces.