Can an employee be legally dismissed for whistleblowing?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 7 May 2014
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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There is no currently no stand-alone employment legislation in Ireland specific to whistleblowing or protected disclosures, however, employment/criminal does offer some protection to “whistle-blowers” in certain sectors from retribution by their employer.

As stated above, certain protections (such as anti-penalisation) for whistle-blowers are contained in the following legislation including (but not limited to) the Prevention of Corruption Acts 1889 to 2010; the Consumer Protection Act 2007; The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005; The Health Act 2007, The Competition Act 2002; The Employment Permits Act 2006; The Communication Regulation (Amendment) Act 2007 and the Central Bank

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Zelda Cunningham
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