Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2701)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

2701. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of protected disclosures for which she has engaged an external consultancy and-or legal firm since 2014 to date; the name of the firms engaged; the year and the costs associated with engaging the consultancy and-or legal firms in respect of protected disclosures; the way in which persons are protected in cases in which an external consultancy firm is engaged in respect of protected disclosures; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32398/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Since 2014 to date the Department has engaged an external consultancy firm in respect of one protected disclosure.

In 2018 the Department engaged a firm to investigate issues related to a protected disclosure as part of the other work it was undertaking on behalf of the Department. The name of the firm was Crowe Ireland and the total fee involved was €21,083.

Contracted firms must ensure that they have no conflict of interest and must comply with confidentiality requirements.