A protected disclosure is a disclosure of information which, in the reasonable belief of a worker, tends to show one or more relevant wrongdoings; came to the attention of the worker in a work-related context; and is disclosed in the manner prescribed in the Act
The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 as amended by the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022, protects workers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors from retaliation if they speak up about wrongdoing in the workplace. Persons who make protected disclosures, sometimes referred to as whistleblowers, are protected by this law. They should not be treated unfairly or lose their job because they have made a protected disclosure
The Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency is prescribed to be the recipient of disclosures from workers when they reasonably believe that the relevant wrongdoings relate to the protection of the environment in the State and that the information disclosed, and any allegations contained therein, are substantially true.
Disclosures made under Section 7 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, should provide a description of the relevant wrongdoing, copies of information that tend to show the relevant wrongdoing if available and your preferred contact details. Anonymous disclosures will be investigated insofar as is practicable with the information supplied.
Disclosures made to the Director General as a prescribed person, should be marked as confidential and can be made using any of the following methods;
Director General EPA
PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate
Wexford, Y35 W821.
P.Disclosures@epa.ie (Protected Disclosure Officer)
053-9160600 (Seeking to speak with the Protected Disclosure Officer)
Upon receipt of your protected disclosure, the EPA:
All workers should consider seeking independent advice and support if they are considering making a protected disclosure or have made a protected disclosure. Exchequer funding is provided to Transparency International Ireland for the provision of a free Speak-Up Helpline and Legal Advice Centre in this regard. Advice and support may also be available from workers’ trade unions as well as Citizens’ Advice.
When making a Protected Disclosure as an employee of the EPA, workers should contact the Protected Disclosure Officer, with information concerning the relevant wrongdoing, who will designate a person or persons to look into the matter in accordance with the EPA’s Protected Disclosure (Whistleblowing) Policy.
Under Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act, 2014 each public body is required to publish an annual report setting out the number of protected disclosures received in the preceding year.