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Committing to Effective Whistleblower Protection

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Whistleblower protection is essential for safeguarding the public interest, for promoting a culture of accountability and integrity in both public and private institutions, and for encouraging the reporting of misconduct, fraud and corruption wherever it occurs. While many countries are increasingly developing legal frameworks to protect whistleblowers, more can be done to mainstream integrity and promote open organisational cultures. This report analyses whistleblower protection frameworks in OECD countries, identifies areas for reform and proposes next steps to strengthen effective and comprehensive whistleblower protection laws in both the public and private sectors.

 

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Ireland

The Protected Disclosures Act (no.14 of 2014)

Drawing on the experience of relevant legislations worldwide, Ireland enacted its Protected Disclosures Act, which came into effect in July 2014. This legislation marks an important new departure in Irish Law as it represents the first occasion on which an attempt has been made to put in place, in a single location, a framework for the protection of whistleblowers. This chapter provides an overview of the purpose, timing and key elements of this legislation, including the concerns that needed to be addressed, the legislative options considered, as well its overall scope.

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