On 7 December 2016, the Tánaiste received from Mr. Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill the report of his Review relating to two protected disclosures, which were made to her by members of An Garda Síochána in early October. Mr Justice O’Neill recommended that a Commission of Investigation under the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 should be established to ascertain the truth or falsity of the allegations made in the protected disclosures. He also proposed terms of reference for the Investigation.
On 14th February 2017, the Tánaiste, given the public interest issues involved, secured Government approval for the establishment of a Tribunal of Inquiry to investigate protected disclosures made under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 and certain other matters. The Disclosures Tribunal was appointed on 17th February 2017 when the Tánaiste signed the ‘Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921 (Appointment of Tribunal) Instrument 2017’. The Instrument appoints Mr. Justice Peter Charleton, a judge of the Supreme Court, as the sole member of the Tribunal.
Details of the Tribunal including its Terms of Reference are available at its website, http://www.disclosuretribunal.ie/