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Central Bank urges its staff to 'speak up'


Professor Patrick Honohan

Professor Patrick Honohan

Professor Patrick Honohan

THE Central Bank, headed by Patrick Honohan, is looking for an external management system to deal with whistle-blowers and to foster a culture of "speaking up" among staff.

Officials at Dame Street are looking for a so-called case management system in order for current staff to feel more comfortable about raising concerns about potential wrong-doing.

It follows the coming into force of new laws to protect whistle-blowers.

The Protected Disclosures Act 2014, which came into force last month, offers legal protections to workers who report concerns about wrongdoing in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

"The case-management system is intended to foster a culture of 'speaking up' among staff and to strengthen the Central Bank's internal processes where staff wish to raise issues of workplace concern," a spokeswoman for the Central Bank said.

"The idea is that Central Bank employees can securely raise their concerns to a third party; the third party would then separate the workplace concern from the staff member who has raised it, providing the Central Bank only with the nature of the workplace concern.

"In doing so, the anonymity of the employee would be protected."

The Central Bank said there is an external helpline in place which advises staff on how they should go about raising such a concern.

It is intended that the case management system would supplement internal controls and not replace them.

"It would provide another option for staff, so that if they didn't want to raise a matter internally, they could do so through the third party," the spokeswoman added.