Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (692)

Jim O'Callaghan

Ceist:

692. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice when the investigation into the protected disclosure by an employee of the Irish Prison Service (details supplied) will be completed and a report provided. [26345/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy is aware, the Protected Disclosures Act was enacted in 2014 to allow employees to bring alleged wrongdoing to the attention of the appropriate authorities. 

The Act also affords very important protections to persons making protected disclosures. I am sure that the Deputy will appreciate therefore that it would not be appropriate for me to comment on nor confirm the existence of any specific protected disclosure. The protection of those wishing to make a protected disclosure rightly prioritises the confidentiality of the process, which is central to the efficacy of that process.