Ireland adopts new whistleblowing law

Ireland has adopted a new whistleblower protection law. The Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Bill 2022 was signed into law by Ireland’s President on 21 July 2022 and reforms Ireland’s previous whistleblowing framework which has been in place since 2014.. 

The legislation was adopted to transpose the EU Directive on Whistleblowing (2019/1937) into Irish national law. Ireland is the eleventh country to adopt legislation to implement the Directive. The European Commission has begun infringement proceedings against many of the 27 Member States which have not adopted laws which meet the minimum standards of the Directive in time before the 17 December 2021 deadline.

Civil society have raised concerned that the new law will actually be a “step backwards” in protecting whistleblowers in Ireland. Anti-corruption NGO Transparency International Ireland have published a statement  on what the new law means for whistleblower protection following the laws adoption.

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