Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Questions (239)

Micheál Martin

Question:

239. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of whistleblower complaints in his Department since the legislation was introduced in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25667/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Protected Disclosures Act 2014

The information for 2015 and 2016 is available on the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Website at the following link.

http://www.dttas.ie/corporate/english/protected-disclosures

Details for 2017 are set out in the 2017 Annual Report in the link below.

http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/publications/corporate/english/annual-report-2017-english/annual-reportbrandedcoverfinalen.pdf

In respect of 2018, a total of 8 allegations/disclosures invoking the Protected Disclosures Act were received.

- 2 of the allegations/disclosures received were not relevant to the Department.

- 1 case has been fully processed and is now closed.

- 1 case was not deemed to be a protected disclosure. This decision was appealed and the case is currently under internal review.

- The remaining 4 cases are in progress.

These Disclosures will be included in our Annual Report 2018, to be published shortly.

Statement:-

Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 requires a public body to prepare a report setting out the number of protected disclosures made to it in the preceding year. The Department’s Head of Internal Audit is notified of allegations/disclosures received which invoke the Act and monitors them to ensure they are processed on a timely basis.