Why a whistleblower was awarded €30,000

We need to heed the lessons of the prison officer, the 16-month wait and the resulting payout

The subject of whistleblowing has made headlines again, this time in connection with the penalisation of an Irish prison officer.

The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 protects employees who have made “protected disclosures”. These are disclosures made by employees in relation to “relevant wrongdoings” which came to their attention in the course of their work.

The act sets out a list of relevant wrongdoings which include, for example, a danger to the health and ...