186. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice the number of protected disclosures her Department has received from persons who work in the Irish Prison Service. [57981/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, the Protected Disclosures Act was enacted in 2014 to allow employees to bring alleged wrongdoing to the attention of the appropriate authorities.
Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 requires public bodies to prepare and publish a report each year in relation to the previous year, on the disclosures received and dealt with under its policy, in an anonymised form.
My Department publishes annual reports in respect of protected disclosures received in the Department of Justice. Since the introduction of the Irish Prison Service Protected Disclosures Policy on July 1, 2018, the Irish Prison Service separately publishes annual reports in respect of protected disclosures received.
Information about protected disclosures received by the Irish Prison Service is available on pages 15-16 of the Irish Prison Service 2020 Annual Report at: www.irishprisons.ie/wp-content/uploads/documents_pdf/IPS-Annual-Report-web-FINAL.pdf
Information about protected disclosures received by my Department is available at: www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Department_of_Justice_Protected_Disclosures_AR_2020.pdf/Files/Department_of_Justice_Protected_Disclosures_AR_2020.pdf