Saturday 23 September 2017

Hunt for whistleblower serves no public interest

John Devitt

Brendan Howlin this week published what could prove to be one of the most important pieces of legislation in more than a decade.

The Protected Disclosures Bill will offer legal protections to people reporting negligence, corruption and cover-ups across the public, private and non-profit sectors. It is largely based on existing whistleblower legislation in the UK and New Zealand. According to the OECD, it may even become the strongest whistleblower law in the world.

The bill is a welcome response to the public's demand for robust safeguards to shield people who expose corruption, abuse and cover-ups. It is also rather timely. It has been published at a time when the country is justifiably outraged at the arrogant hubris and decadent cynicism of bank executives who trashed our economy.

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