Senior official to encourage whistleblowing at Department of Reform

Role first mooted at department last October ahead of new legislation coming into force

Senior DPER management discussed appointing an official to “promote speak-culture” at the department last year. Picture: Getty

A senior official tasked with encouraging civil servants to speak out against internal wrongdoing is to be appointed in the coming weeks at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Following a number of amendments to the Protected Disclosures Act, which came into effect on January 1, the department has confirmed that a “whistleblowing champion” is expected to be in place shortly.

The role was first mooted within the department last October ahead of the ...