Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach

General Scheme of the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Bill 2021: Discussion

Photo of Mairead FarrellMairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I have two more questions to ask. To be clear, the members of the committee are here to look at this legislation and how we can ensure that it is as strong as possible. We cannot change the culture from this committee. Our role is to look at the legislation. I am really interested in specifics relating to the legislation. I would be interested in hearing Ms Grace's views on that. I totally understand Ms Grace's concern about the culture issue. It is most important, but I am focusing on the legislation in this committee.

In relation to the transposition of the legislation, has Mr. Wilson been informed or is he aware of what could happen to legacy cases that were brought under the 2014 Act? Perhaps he does not have the answer to the question and another witness on the panel can answer it. I will address my final question to Mr. Wilson and Mr. Brennan, who spoke on a number of weaknesses with the existing legislation. Are there concerns that the new legislation could lower standards even further and, therefore, violate article 25(2) of the EU directive, which specifically states that it should not lower standards?


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