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Protected Disclosures Amendment Bill Published

February 2022

On the 9th of February, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath TD, published the Protected Disclosures Amendment Bill. This bill will transpose the EU Whistleblowing Directive and will extend the scope of the legislation by providing protection for volunteers, shareholders, board members and job applicants for the first time.

Main changes brought in by the Bill:
  • Scope of the legislation extended
  • Greater clarity for whistle-blowers and employers
  • New Office of the Protected Disclosures Commissioner
The Minister said "…. a number of high profile cases show that we can never be complacent about protecting those who are reporting wrongdoing by both public and private sector organisations. I believe it is important that we take this opportunity now to improve our legislative framework for dealing with Protected Disclosures.”

For the full press release see link below:
Minister McGrath publishes Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Bill

By Eilish Larkin - Regulatory Consultant