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 Peadar TóibínPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú) | Oireachtas source

I agree with Mr. McGree. My point is that the whole process should be taken out of the Departments' hands. The terms of reference should be in the hands of a separate organisation within the State whose job it is to do this. I do not want to cast any aspersions over external organisations, but the person who pays any organisation will exert some level of influence over it whether it is completely obvious or just understood. The person who pays the piper often chooses the tune, to a certain extent.

Timing is a big issue. I know of people who have protected disclosures languishing for long periods of time. Is there any advice on how quickly a protected disclosure should be dealt with?


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