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McDonald welcomes Whistleblower Bill

28 February, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has welcomed the Government’s publication of the drafts heads of Whistleblower Bill and has called on the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to ensure the legislation’s speedy passage to the Dáil.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Sinn Féin welcomes the publication of the drafts heads of the Whistleblowers Bill and now calls on the government to ensure the legislation progresses quickly to second stage.

“Extending the definition of employees as envisaged in the Bill to contractors, trainees and agency staff is a positive move. Sinn Féin would like to see Whistleblower protection extended to those within the public service and state agencies who report gross wastage of public funds as is currently allowed for in US legislation.

“Protecting Whistleblowers with robust legislation is an important element of a healthy democracy. Sinn Féin welcomes the publication of the draft heads of the Whistleblowers Bill and now urges the government to bring legislation to the Dáil and Seanad as a matter of urgency.” ENDS

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