The Protected Disclosures Act came into effect on 15th July 2014. The purpose of the Act is to provide a framework within which workers can raise concerns regarding potential wrongdoing that has come to their attention in the work place in the knowledge that protections are available to them from any form of penalisation from doing so.
Leitrim County Council has put in place an Interim Policy and Procedure through which is intended to foster a culture and work environment within which workers are encouraged and supported in making reports in the knowledge that their concerns will be taken seriously, will be investigated, where appropriate, and that their confidentiality will be respected.
This policy applies to all Leitrim County Council workers including contractors, consultants, agency staff, former employees and interns/trainees.
The policy highlights that it is always appropriate to raise concerns when they are based on a reasonable belief irrespective of whether any wrongdoing is in fact subsequently identified and provides workers with guidance on how to raise concerns. The Act is not a replacement for existing mandatory reporting regimes and it is not a replacement for existing grievance mechanisms. It is intended to deal with matters of public interest and not intended for reporting of matters of private interest.
In accordance with the Protected Disclosure Act 2014, the Council has appointed the Senior Executive Officer, Corporate Services, Áras an Chontae, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim to receive protected disclosures.
Protected Disclosures Annual Report 2015
Annual Report of Leitrim County Council required under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014
Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 requires the publication of an Annual Report relating to Protected Disclosures received.
Pursuant to this requirement, Leitrim County Council hereby confirms that no report was received in the period 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016 in accordance with the Protected Disclosures Act 2014.