Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Questions (255)

Micheál Martin


255. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development 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. [25665/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Department of Rural and Community Development was established on 19th July 2017 to provide a renewed and consolidated focus on rural and community development in Ireland.

The Department aims to promote and implement the policy intentions of the Protected Disclosures Act by committing to protect workers who report concerns about risk and wrongdoing and to assure them that their concerns will be acted upon. Our bi-annual Staff Conferences and Staff Engagement Forums aim to share best practice in promoting an ethical and transparent workplace that encourages employees to raise genuine and reasonably held concerns about matters of public interest where knowledge of same comes to them though their employment.

I can confirm that there have been no whistleblower complaints made since the formation of the Department, to date.