Protected Disclosures Legislation: Managing the Changes to Ireland’s Whistleblowing Regime

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About this Webinar 

On the 12 October 2022, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath, signed the Commencement Order for the Protected Disclosures Amendment Act (the “2022 Act”) which will take effect in its entirety from 1st January 2023.


The Protected Disclosures Act (“the Act”) protects workers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors from retaliation if they speak up about wrongdoing in the workplace. Workers can report wrongdoing internally to their employer or externally to a third party, such as a prescribed person. Persons who make protected disclosures (sometimes referred to as “whistleblowers”) are protected by this law. This means they should not be treated unfairly or lose their job because they have made a protected disclosure.


All public sector employers are required to have formal internal channels and procedures for their workers to make protected disclosures. Under the new legislation, this requirement will also apply to private sector employers with 250 or more employees from 1 January 2023 and to employers with 50 or more employees from 17 December 2023.


The Act will, among other things, require public sector employers and prescribed persons to revise and update their procedures and channels for receiving protected disclosures. In particular, the Act requires that protected disclosures be acknowledged and diligently followed-up on and that feedback be given to the reporting person. The new guidance is intended to support public bodies in meeting their obligations in this regard.


This webinar will explore:


  • The strict new requirements for public and private sector employers;
  • Other practical changes coming down the tracks;
  • Implications for managing whistleblower reports and investigations; and
  • Steps to start preparing now


Who Should Attend:

All public sector organisations and private businesses subject to the new legislation and any prescribed persons receiving Protected Disclosures who should be aware of their responsibilities & obligations under the legislation.


Course Tutor

Clara Gleeson, Solicitor, A&L Goodbody.

Clara Gleeson is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution Solicitor & Member of A&L Goodbody’s White Collar Crime Group.



Full Course Details

Title: Protected Disclosures: Managing the Forthcoming Changes to Ireland’s Whistleblowing Regime
Date: Tuesday, January 25th  2023
Time: 9.30am-11.00am
CPD: 1 CPD Hours
Method of Delivery: Online
Fee: €125



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