Strategic Plan 2022 - 2025

This Statement of Strategy sets out our key objectives to 2025. The Statement has been developed in consultation with our external stakeholders and with staff from each of the individual Offices and Business Units.

Strategic Plan 2022 - 2025

Procedures

Please find our procedures here

Procedures

Protected Disclosures

The Protected Disclosures Act 2014, as Amended, provides safeguards for workers who raise legitimate concerns regarding actual or potential wrongdoing in the workplace. The Office has developed procedures in line with the 2014 Act, which have been approved by the Management Team. The procedures detail:
  • how staff members can make a protected disclosure
  • what happens when a disclosure is made
  • what the Office will do to protect the discloser
 
The Office recognises the importance of ensuring that staff feel supported in the workplace. The process supports the Office’s commitment to ensuring that the culture and working environment encourages and facilitates staff in ‘speaking up’ on any issue that impinges on the Office’s ability to carry out its responsibilities.
 
Section 22 of the 2014 Act requires every public body to prepare and publish an annual report in relation to protected disclosures received under the provisions of that Act:
 

Internal Reports made under section 6 of the Act

How many reports were received via internal reporting channels in the calendar year? 0
 

Annual Report of Statistics - Protected Disclosures Commissioner

1 Name of Public Body: Office of the Protected Disclosures Commissioner
2 Calendar year covered by this report: 2023
3 Reports received in calendar year
3.1 Of the reports received in the calendar year that is the subject of this report, how many were:
3.1.1 Received directly via the external reporting channel established under section 7(2A)? 87
3.1.2 Transmitted by a Minister under section 8(3)(a)? 171
3.1.3 Transmitted by another prescribed person under section 7A(1)(b)(vi) of the Act? 24
3.1.4 Total number of reports received 283
4 Assessment, transmission and follow-up of reports
4.1 Of the total number of reports received in the calendar year as reported in response to Q3.1.4, how many were: (a) Fully (b) Partially
4.1.1 Transmitted to a prescribed person? Fully - 100, Partially - 11
4.1.2 Transmitted to a suitable person? Fully - 155, Partially - 11
4.1.3 Followed-up on directly? Fully - 12, Partially - 2
4.1.4 Closed because the report was clearly minor? Fully - 0, Partially - 0
4.1.5 Closed because it was a repetitive report containing no meaningful new information? Fully - 0, Partially - 0
4.1.6 Referred to another more relevant procedure? Fully - 0, Partially - 0
4.1.7 Closed with no further action taken? Fully - 4, Partially - 0
5 Follow-up of reports
5.1 How many follow-up procedures were opened in the calendar year? 0
5.2 How many open follow-up procedures were carried over from the previous year? 0
5.3 How many follow-up procedures were closed in the calendar year? 0
5.4 How many follow-up procedures remained open at the end of the calendar year? 0
5.5 Of the number of follow-up procedures reported as still open in response to Q5.4, how many are:
5.5.1 Open less than 1 year? 0
5.5.2 Open more than 1 year but less than 3 years? 0
5.5.3 Open more than 3 years but less than 5 years? 0
5.5.4 Open 5 or more years? 0
5.6 What was the average length of the investigations closed in the calendar year? 0
5.7 What was the median length of the investigations closed in the calendar year? 0
6 Matters followed-up
6.1 Of the follow-up procedures opened in calendar year reported in response to Q5.1, how many involved:
6.1.1 Criminal offences? 0
6.1.2 Breaches of a legal obligation? 0
6.1.3 Miscarriage of justice? 0
6.1.4 Endangerment of health and safety? 0
6.1.5 Damage to the environment? 0
6.1.6 Unlawful or improper use of public funds? 0
6.1.7 Acts or omissions that are oppressive, discriminatory or grossly negligent or constitute gross mismanagement? 0
6.1.8 Breaches of the EU laws within the scope of Article 2 of Directive (EU) 2019/1937 (the Whistleblowing Directive)? 0 If any investigations have been opened under this heading, please also complete Q7. Otherwise proceed to Q8
6.1.9 Concealment or destruction of information tending to show any matter falling within items 6.1.1 to 6.1.8? 0
7 Matters followed-up - Breaches of EU laws
7.1 Of the follow-up procedures reported as opened in response to Q6.1.8 (breaches of EU law), how many involved breaches of: Complete this section ONLY if one or more investigations have been opened in respect of breaches of the EU laws within the scope of Article 2 of Directive (EU) 2019/1937 (the Whistleblowing Directive).
7.1.1 Public procurement? 0
7.1.2 Financial services, products and markets, and prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing? 0
7.1.3 Product safety and compliance? 0
7.1.4 Transport safety? 0
7.1.5 Protection of the environment? 0
7.1.6 Radiation protection and nuclear safety? 0
7.1.7 Food and feed safety and animal health and welfare? 0
7.1.8 Public health? 0
7.1.9 Consumer protection? 0
7.1.10 Protection of privacy and personal data and security of network and information systems? 0
7.1.11 The financial interests of the EU? 0
7.1.11 The functioning of the EU Internal Market? 0
8 Outcome of investigations
8.1 For discussion 0
9 Anonymous reports
9.1 Of the total number of reports received in response to Q3, how many were made anonymously? 38
9.2 How many investigations were opened in response to anonymous reports in the calendar year? 0
 
 
 
 

Green Team

The Government’s 2019 Climate Action Plan puts in place a decarbonisation pathway to 2030. The plan identifies that early action by public bodies on climate is fundamental to achieving Ireland’s decarbonisation targets and one of our Green Team’s aims is to assist in that regard.

Our Green Team was established in the Office in 2020. The main aims of the Green Team are to introduce environmentally friendly measures in the Office in the areas of energy, waste, transport and water, as well as improving the quality of the working environment. The Green Team has commenced a series of themed monthly awareness programmes to assist staff in making more environmentally sustainable decisions both in work and at home. Measures taken by the Office include:

  • monitoring of energy usage and air quality in the Office
  • providing keep cups to staff
  • increasing the number of lockers to encourage a change in commuting habits
  • waste and recycling awareness programmes
  • provision of filtered drinking water taps in place of bottled water
  • the replacement of desktop computers with more energy efficient laptops
  • the introduction of PIN-controlled printers to reduce paper waste
  • a move to a ‘paper-light’ and, where possible, ‘paperless’ office

The Green Team, with the support of senior management, will endeavour to introduce further initiatives that promote environmental sustainability for both individuals and the organisation

 

Climate Action Roadmap