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Government must clarify who has responsibility for whistleblowers’ legislation – O’Brien

22 June, 2011 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien has called on the Government to clarify who is responsible for the introduction Whistleblowers’ legislation after he was informed by the Ceann Comhairle today that questions he submitted with regard to the legislation have been transferred from the Minister for Justice to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for reply.

Deputy O’Brien said the Government must honour its commitment to legislation to protect whistleblowers in both the public and private sectors having already brought forward White-collar crime legislation compelling those with information of improper conduct to bring it forward.

He said:

“I received a letter from the Ceann Comhairle this morning informing me that questions I submitted to the Minister for Justice no longer on the introduction of whistleblowers’ legislation have been transferred to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for reply.

“I find this completely unacceptable as there is currently no Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and I fear that this is the Government’s way of putting this legislation on the long finger.

“The Minister for Justice has already brought forward White Collar Crime legislation which compels those with information of improper conduct within the workplace to bring that information to the proper authorities yet the legislation which is required to protect these people seems to have been sent to a non existent department.

“The Government must honour its commitment to legislation to protect whistleblowers in both the public and private sectors.” ENDS

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