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2015

 In 2015, anonymous correspondence was received by the Secretary to the Commission which purported to be a protected disclosure within the meaning of the Act concerning ‘relevant wrongdoings’ by certain employees of a public body. However, it could not be accepted as a protected disclosure as, at the time, the regulations provided that a ‘relevant wrongdoing’ could only be disclosed to the Secretary where it was alleged to have been done by an ‘office holder’ within the meaning of the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995, i.e., a Minister, Minister of State or the Ceann Comhairle, Leas Cheann Comhairle, Cathaoirleach or Leas Chathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann. Nonetheless, the Commission considered the content of the correspondence, decided that no action was warranted under the Ethics Acts, but referred the matter to another public body for consideration.