Dáil Éireann - Volume 609 - 02 November, 2005
Written Answers. - Legislative Programme.
Ms O’Sullivan Ms O’Sullivan
130. Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the progress made regarding the Government’s proposals to provide legal protection on a sectoral basis for whistleblowers who may wish to expose illegalities or wrongdoing on the part of their employers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31612/05]
Mr. Killeen Mr. Killeen
Mr. Killeen: The Whistleblowers Protection Bill 1999 is still retained on the Government legislative programme. However, as previously stated on a number of occasions in the House, it is now considered, on reflection, that the provision of statutory protection for whistleblowers on a sectoral basis might provide a better and more focused approach to dealing with this issue. Recent legislative initiatives in this regard are: section 27 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, which came into effect from 1 September 2005 and provides for protection against dismissal and penalisation of employees who, in good faith, take steps to protect themselves or others in a workplace situation; and section 124 of the Garda Síochána Bill 2004. This section of the Bill provides for regulations relating to the reporting of corruption and malpractice in the Garda Síochána.
Question No. 131 answered with Question No. 127.
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