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Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Defence

Protected Disclosures

Photo of Aengus Ó SnodaighAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein)
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369. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of serving and former Air Corps personnel who have made protected disclosures; and the number of serving whistleblowers who have been subjected to procedures for dismissal from the service. [44431/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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In accordance with the terms of section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 an annual report in relation to the total number of protected disclosures made in the preceding year is prepared and published on the departmental website . This report is required to be prepared and published not later than 30 June in each year in relation to the immediately preceding year in a form which does not enable the identification of the persons involved. The report contains:

(a) the number of protected disclosures made to the public body;

(b) the action (if any) taken in response to those protected disclosures; and

(c) such other information relating to those protected disclosures and the action taken as may be requested by the Minister from time to time.
The following table details the numbers received in the years 2014 to 2019.
Year Number of Disclosures
2014 2
2015 3
2016 2
2017 11
2018 4
2019 4

These numbers relate to the total number of disclosures made to the Defence Organisation and it is not broken down further into the location of the discloser in keeping with the confidentiality requirements specified in the 2014 Act.

The making of a disclosure by a member of a formation does not necessarily mean that the disclosure relates to that formation.


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