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  • Protected Disclosures and Policy and Procedures

    Protected disclosures - whistleblowing

    The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 became operational on 15th July 2014.

    The act is intended to provide a robust statutory framework within which workers can raise concerns regarding potential wrongdoing that has come to their attention in the workplace in the knowledge that they can avail of significant employment and other protections if they are penalised by their employer or suffer any detriment for doing so.

    The commencement of the act meets the commitment contained in the programme for government to introduce whistleblower protection legislation.

    The legislation provides a comprehensive suite of employment and other protections to whistleblowers that are penalised by their employer or suffer a detriment from a third party on account of raising concerns regarding possible wrongdoing in their workplace.

    A wide definition of wrongdoings is included in the act and the safeguards provided in the legislation are extended in line with international best practice recommendations to a wide definition of 'workers' which includes in addition to employees, contractors, agency staff and trainees.

    Galway City Council Protected Disclosure Policy and Procedures
    Protected Disclosures Act 2014
    Commencement Order for the Act
    Department of Expenditure and Reform Guidance Document
    Annual Report of Galway City Council as required under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014

    Galway City Council confirms that no Protected Disclosures were received in 2021. Consequently no action was required to be taken by Galway City Council in relation to Protected Disclosures.  

    Protected Disclosures and Policy and Procedures