The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 is intended to provide a robust statutory framework within which workers can raise concerns regarding potential wrongdoing that has come to their attention in the workplace, in the knowledge that protections are available to them from any form of penalisation from doing so.
The Act came into effect on July 15, 2014.
Meath County Council has put in place a Policy and Procedure to foster a culture and work environment where workers are encouraged and supported in making reports knowing that their concerns will be taken seriously, will be investigated where appropriate, and that their confidentiality will be respected.
This policy applies to all Meath County Council workers including contractors, consultants, agency staff, former employees and interns / trainees.
The policy highlights that it is always appropriate to raise concerns when they are based on a reasonable belief, irrespective of whether any wrongdoing is in fact subsequently identified, and provides workers with guidance on how to raise concerns.
Designated Officer to Receive Disclosures
In accordance with the Protected Disclosure Act 2014, the Council has appointed Mr. Robert Collins, Senior Executive Officer, Corporate Services to receive protected disclosures.
Contact details for the designated officer are below:
Senior Executive Officer
Corporate Services Department
Meath County Council
(Please mark Private and Confidential)
Telephone: 046 9097053
Protected Disclosures Annual Report
Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 requires the publication of an Annual Report relating to Protected Disclosures received.