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Department considers ‘whistleblowing champion’; Open Orphan’s Cathal Friel interviewed

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Cathal Friel: ‘Having to complete my education at night allowed me to spend the rest of my life constantly educating myself.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

Department considers ‘whistleblowing champion’ ahead of new disclosures law

A high-ranking official could be appointed as a “whistleblowing champion” by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to encourage civil servants to speak out against internal wrongdoing as part of new legislation coming into effect from January.

Ahead of the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act commencing in early 2023, which expands the scope of earlier legislation to include protection for volunteers, board members and job applicants ...