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Protected Disclosures

The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 commenced in July 2014.

The purpose of the Act is to protect workers from penalisation from reporting wrongdoings. The broader objective of the Act is to promote a culture of public accountability and openness.

The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 provides the statutory framework within which workers can raise concerns and disclose information regarding potential wrongdoing that has come to their attention in the course of their work in the knowledge that they can avail of employment and other protections if they are penalised by their employer for doing so.

“Protected Disclosure” means the disclosure of relevant information, that in the reasonable belief of worker tends to show one or more relevant wrongdoings, came to the attention of the worker in connection with the worker’s employment and is disclosed in one of the ways provided for in the Act

'Worker' includes employees, contractors, consultants, agency staff, former employees and interns/trainees.

‘Relevant Wrongdoings’ are defined in a list within the Act and include the following :

  • that an offence has been, is being or is likely to be committed,
  • that a person has failed, is failing or is likely to fail to comply with any legal obligation, other than one arising under the worker's contract of employment or other contract whereby the worker undertakes to do or perform personally any work or services;
  • that a miscarriage of justice has occurred, is occurring or is likely to occur;
  • that the health or safety of any individual has been, is being or is likely to be endangered;
  • that the environment has been, is being or is likely to be damaged;
  • that an unlawful or otherwise improper use of funds or resources of a public body, or of other public money, has occurred, is occurring or is likely to occur;
  • that an act or omission by or on behalf of a public body is oppressive, discriminatory or grossly negligent or constitutes gross mismanagement, or
  • that information tending to show any matter falling within any of the preceding paragraphs has been, is being or is likely to be concealed or destroyed.

Protected Disclosures Act 2014

Protected Disclosures Policy and Procedure

Longford County Council Protected Disclosures Policy and Procedure aims to create a workplace culture and working environment within which workers are encouraged and supported in making disclosures.

Protected Disclosures Policy and Procedures

Audit Committee Policy & Procedures for dealing with receipt of a Protected Disclosure

Longford County Council’s Audit Committee is obliged to ensure that procedures are in place whereby employees of the Council may in confidence raise concerns about possible irregularities in financial reporting or other financial matters. 

The policy and procedure can be accessed at the following link

LCC Audit Committee PD Protocol

Guidance Material

Department of Public Expenditure Reform Guidance under section 21(1) published

Department of Public Expenditure Reform Guidance

Workplace Relations Commission published a statutory Code of Practice on the Protected Disclosures Act for employers in the public and private sectors

Workplace Relations Commission Code of Practice on Protected Disclosures

Annual Report

Protected Disclosures Act 2014

Protected Disclosures 2021

Protected Disclosures 2020

Protected Disclosures 2019

    Protected Disclosures 2018