Protected Disclosures

The purpose of the Protected Disclosures Act, 2014, is to provide a framework within which workers can raise concerns regarding potential wrongdoing that has come to their attention in connection with their work. The Act provides protection from penalisation if it results from the making of a protected disclosure.

The Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency is prescribed to be the recipient of disclosures of relevant wrongdoings in relation to all matters relating to the protection of the environment in the State.

Disclosure to the Director-General is protected where the worker reasonably believes that the relevant wrongdoing falls within the EPA’s remit and that the information disclosed, and any allegations contained in it, are substantially true.

These disclosures can be made for the attention of the Director-General by letter to:

Confidential
Director General EPA
PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate
Wexford, Y35 W821.

State that the disclosure is being made under Section 7 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014,  provide a description of the relevant wrongdoing, provide copies of information that tend to show the wrongdoing in order to assist the investigation of the matters raised and provide preferred contact details.

The EPA will protect the identity of the discloser if possible, but may be obliged to reveal the identity so that a proper investigation can be carried out. Anonymous disclosures will be investigated insofar as is practicable with the information supplied.