Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (988)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

988. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation 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. [32392/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

Since 2014, one external professional company, Resolve Ireland, was engaged by my Department, in 2015, to investigate a protected disclosure. The fee paid to the company for this service was €13,143.

All of the protections provided for in the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 apply to the person making the disclosure, irrespective of whether an external company is engaged in investigating the disclosure.