794. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice if she will respond to a matter raised in correspondence by a person (details supplied) in relation to a Workplace Relations Commission award; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21247/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy is aware, the Protected Disclosures Act was enacted in 2014 to allow employees to bring alleged wrongdoing to the attention of the appropriate authorities. 
The Act also affords very important protections to persons making protected disclosures. I am sure that the Deputy will appreciate therefore that it would not be appropriate for me to comment on, nor confirm the existence of any specific protected disclosure. The protection of those wishing to make a protected disclosure rightly prioritises the confidentiality of the process, which is central to the efficacy of that process.
In addition, as the matter referred to by the Deputy is before the Labour Court, it would not be appropriate for me to make a statement on the matter.