Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (1208)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

1208. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of protected disclosures her Department has received since the legislation was introduced; the number of protected disclosures examined to conclusion by year in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5304/20]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Following from the enactment of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, the Department has put a policy and procedures in place to provide information to and assist workers who wish to make protected disclosures. The Policy and procedures are made available on www.gov.ie.

All submissions made are assessed by a designated group of senior managers and investigations are then carried out where deemed necessary.

The Department has received thirty eight submissions, a large proportion of which were from one individual, since the legislation was introduced in 2014. The submissions have been examined as follows.

Year

Assessed & concluded

Comment

2014

0

2015

2

2016

0

2017

7

2018

20

2019

9

2020

0

All cases to date examined/concluded

Total

38

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is fully committed to fostering an appropriate environment for addressing concerns relating to potential wrongdoing in the workplace and to providing the necessary support and protections for staff that raise genuine concerns.