Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Questions (85)

Micheál Martin

Question:

85. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence 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. [25656/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

There have been a total of 22 Protected Disclosures made between 2014 and 2018 with an additional 4 received to date in 2019. This figure relates to all Protected Disclosures which have made been made both in the Department and the Defence Forces.

In accordance with the terms of section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 an annual report in relation to the total number of protected disclosures made in the preceding year is prepared and published on the departmental website:

https://www.defence.ie/what-we-do/protected-disclosures.

Reports are currently available for 2014 to 2017 with the 2018 report being finalised at present. The following table details the numbers received in the years 2014 to 2018. This number relates to the total number of disclosures made to the Defence Organisation and it is not broken down further into the location of the discloser in keeping with the confidentiality requirements specified in the 2014 Act.

Year

Number of Disclosures

2014

2

2015

3

2016

2

2017

11

2018

4