The Protected Disclosures Act, 2014
The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 became operational on 15th July 2014. The Act is intended to provide a statutory framework within which workers can raise concerns regarding a potential wrongdoing that has come to their attention in the workplace in the knowledge that they can avail of significant employment and other protections if they are penalised by their employer or suffer any detriment for doing so.
"Protected disclosure" means the disclosure of relevant information, which in the reasonable belief of the worker tends to show one or more relevant wrongdoings and came to the attention of the worker in connection with their employment.
'Worker' includes employees, contractors, consultants, agency staff, former employees, temporary employees, and interns/trainees.
"Relevant wrongdoings" are defined in an exhaustive list and include the following:
- that an offence has been, is being or is likely to be committed,
- that a person has failed, is failing or is likely to fail to comply with any legal obligation, other than one arising under the worker's contract of employment or other contract whereby the worker undertakes to do or perform personally any work or services;
- that a miscarriage of justice has occurred, is occurring or is likely to occur;
- that the health or safety of any individual has been, is being or is likely to be endangered;
- that the environment has been, is being or is likely to be damaged;
- that an unlawful or otherwise improper use of funds or resources of a public body, or of other public money, has occurred, is occurring or is likely to occur;
- that an act or omission by or on behalf of a public body is oppressive, discriminatory or grossly negligent or constitutes gross mismanagement, or
- that information tending to show any matter falling within any of the preceding paragraphs has been, is being or is likely to be concealed or destroyed.
Roscommon County Council Protected Disclosures Policy
Roscommon County Council is committed to ensuring that the culture and work environment are such that any employee/worker is encouraged and supported to report on any issue that may impact adversely on Roscommon County Council's ability to deliver a high quality service and in this regard has introduced and implemented policy procedures for the making of protected disclosures.
The purpose of the policy and procedure is:
- To encourage employees/workers to report internally any concerns, as soon as possible, they may have regarding potential wrongdoing in the workplace, in the knowledge that their concerns will be taken seriously and investigated, where appropriate, and that their confidentiality will be respected, in the manner provided by the Protected Disclosures Act, 2014.
- To highlight that it is always appropriate to raise such concerns when they are based on a reasonable belief irrespective of whether any wrongdoing is in fact subsequently identified
- To provide employees/workers with guidance on how to raise concerns
- To reassure employees/workers that they can report relevant wrongdoings without fear of penalisation.
Protected Disclosures Policy and Procedures.pdf (size 843.3 KB)
The designated officer to receive protected disclosures for Roscommon County Council is Ms Caitlín Conneely, Head of Human Resources. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Report prepared and published by Roscommon County Council in accordance with Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014:
Reporting Period: 1st January 2020 – 31st December 2020
Number of Protected Disclosures made to Roscommon County Council
Action (if any) taken in response to those Protected Disclosures
Audit Committee Policy & Procedures for dealing with receipt of a Protected Disclosure
Roscommon County Council’s Audit Committee is obliged to ensure that procedures are in place whereby employees of the Local Authority may in confidence raise concerns about possible irregularities in financial reporting or other financial matters. The policy and procedure can be accessed at the following link: Audit Committee Policy and Procedures for dealing with Protected Disclosures May 2021.pdf