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Ireland – Whistleblower Protection

Ireland – Whistleblower Protection

Ireland’s Protected Disclosures Act grants legal rights to public and private employees who report crime, misconduct and public health dangers. The law, which includes many European and international best practices, is considered among the strongest enacted in recent years.
Briefing
In 2014 Ireland joined the small number of EU countries to have passed a comprehensive whistleblower protection law. The Protected Disclosures Act grants legal rights to public and private employees who report crime, misconduct and public health dangers. The law, which includes many European and international best practices, is considered among the strongest enacted in recent years. The law was passed following a string of public scandals and high-profile whistleblower cases that collectively helped build political will and improve public perceptions of whistleblowing as an effective means to expose and fight corruption. As of the end of 2016, it was not yet known how well the new law was working in practice. However, mechanisms for employees to report misconduct and file retaliation complaints have been set up, and how-to information has been made available to the public.[…]
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