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 John McGuinnessJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I thank Mr. Wilson. I am obliged to conclude the meeting at 2.30 p.m., and I want to put my own remarks on record. I thank Mr. Brennan for coming in and giving us some insight into the process and the success or otherwise of individual cases, and for his contribution on what is needed in the new legislation.

I said to Ms Grace already that "whistleblower" is a poor term. I would prefer to see whistleblowers being described as "concerned citizens" who have come forward to tell the truth. Like her, I believe it is time for action, and that action will be the legislation itself. Her contribution here has been constructive and positive. I hope it will lead to further amendments being presented in the debate that will take place on the legislation, which should begin shortly.

Like Ms Grace and Mr. McGree, Mr. Wilson has been through a lot in his life since he became involved in issues within the force. I really commend him, and, indeed, Ms Grace and Mr. McGree, on the efforts they have made to get, as Mr. Wilson called it, the bona fide complaints addressed. I have a question for Mr. McGree. He said that he has results and reports from nine different investigators.


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