The Commission is committed to creating a culture that supports the making of protected disclosures and provides protection for reporting persons.
A protected disclosure, in the Protected Disclosures Act, is a disclosure of information which, in the reasonable belief of a worker, tends to show one or more relevant wrongdoings; came to the attention of the worker in a work-related context; and is disclosed in the manner prescribed in the Act.
The Secretary to the Standards in Public Office Commission is a prescribed person under the Protected Disclosures Act.
To make a protected disclosure to a prescribed person you must meet the above requirements and;
You can make a protected disclosure to the Secretary of the Standards in Public Office Commission on matters relating to the supervision of:
All matters relating to the supervision of the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001 in so far as they apply to specified persons and to members of the Oireachtas who are not office holders, within the meaning of those Acts, including investigations and reports in relation to possible contraventions of those Acts
All matters relating to the supervision of the Electoral Acts 1992 to 2019 in regard to;
All matters relating to the supervision of the Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices Act 1938 with regard to the expenditure of funding (Parliamentary Activities Allowance) received by the parliamentary leaders of qualifying parties and by independent members of the Oireachtas.
The Secretary is not currently a prescribed person for matters relating to the Regulation of Lobbying Act.
To make a protected disclosure to the Secretary of the Commission, you can do so by contacting us in one of the following ways:
By phone at 01 639 5797, or by email to our dedicated email address firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a procedure which sets out what will happen once we have received a disclosure. Please click on this link to learn more. Protected disclosures procedure.
We encourage those seeking to make a protected disclosure to obtain independent advice beforehand.
Transparency International Ireland operates a confidential helpline, and provides access to free legal advice on making protected disclosure through Transparency Legal Advice Centre. The Helpline can provide free referrals for professional counselling on request.
For more information on protected disclosures, please use the button below to visit the Office of Protected Disclosures Commission website.Office of Protected Disclosures
One protected disclosure was received in 2021, however, having considered the complaint the Commission was of the view that the matters raised were not within its remit and the complainant was notified accordingly.
A protected disclosure received in 2019 was examined by the Commission and was subsequently closed in 2021.
One protected disclosure was received in 2018, however, having considered the complaint the Commission was of the view that there was insufficient information to proceed and the complainant was notified accordingly.
A protected disclosure received in late 2017 was examined by the Commission and was subsequently closed in 2018.
One protected disclosure was received in 2017, which was considered by the Commission in accordance with provisions of the Ethics Acts. The Commission considered that many of the issues raised were not within its remit and fell instead within the remit of other public bodies. A response issued accordingly. However, as one of the matters raised did fit within the Commission's mandate, it was referred for assessment in accordance with the Ethics in Public Office Acts. Consideration of the matter is ongoing as at the time of this report.