Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (228)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

228. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the protected disclosure policy of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27544/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is strongly committed to ensuring that the culture and working environment of the Department encourage, facilitate and support any employee of the Department to “speak up” on any issue that could impinge on the Department’s ability to carry out its roles and responsibilities to the high standard expected.

The Department has formal procedures in place for the making of protected disclosures in the Department. These procedures were developed in line with the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 and agreed upon by the Department's Management Board. The procedures are made available to all staff and detail how staff members can make a protected disclosure; what happens when a protected disclosures is made; and what the Department will to protect disclosers.