Whistleblowing and Protected Disclosures: A Practical Guide to Irish Law


Whistleblower protection is on the rise. In 2014, Ireland adopted The Protected Disclosures Act with robust protections for workers disclosing wrongdoing. The EU 'Whistleblowers Directive' adopted last month will require fundamental changes to the 2014 Act. This course will assist employers prepare for the changes, as well as understanding the risks posed by the North American whistleblower reward programs.

Venue details:  
Chartered Accountants House, , Dublin
Start date & time:  
12 November 2019 09:30
End date & time:  
12 November 2019 13:30
Price: €175.00  (€140.00 Member price)
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Speaker details
First nameLast name
Lauren Kierans
Mary A.Inman


Product type:  
CPD course
Governance, risk and legal

Who should attend

No previous knowledge/experience of whistleblowing is required.This course is suitable for professionals in the public and private sector, including finance, business, compliance, insurance, accounting, and government. This includes accountants, small business advisers, bookkeepers, auditors, HR professionals and Compliance Officers, in-house and outside counsel, as well as government staff.

Course overview

  • Who is protected under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014?
  • What types of disclosures are protected?
  • To whom must disclosures be made in order to attract protection?
  • What protections are afforded under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014?
  • What is the position of workers under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 whose role it is to detect, investigate, or prosecute wrongdoing?
  • How does the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 interact with sectoral whistleblowing law provisions?
  • What steps will employers need to take, if any, when the new EU rules on EU-wide standards for the protection of whistleblowers take effect in two years' time?
  • What risks do employers face by the rise in and success of whistleblower regimes in North America and elsewhere that provide monetary rewards to whistleblowers who report externally and expose evidence of wrongdoing to regulators / government officials? We will discuss the rise in the number of whistleblowers from Ireland and Great Britain filing tips in the U.S. and Canada under the SEC, CFTC, IRS and DOT programs in the U.S. and the Ontario Securities Commission program and Canada Revenue Agency's Offshore Tax Informant Program in Canada.
  • What are the hallmarks of an effective internal reporting system that encourages employees to speak up and notify their employers of wrongdoing?
  • What are the effects of an effective internal reporting system that is actively used by employees on the company's profitability, employee retention and amount of lawsuits?

Key learning outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand key definitions in the Protected Disclosures Act 2014
  • Know what types of disclosures are 'protected disclosures'
  • Be prepared for the obligations coming down the line when the EU Whistleblowers Directive is transposed into Irish law
  • Be able to identify the risks for employers posed by the US & Canadian whistleblower reward schemes
  • Develop and maintain effective internal reporting systems

Speaker Bio

Dr Lauren Kierans is a qualified barrister who specialises in protected disclosures. She has a PhD on the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 Lauren delivers a postgraduate module/professional certificate in UCD entitled 'Whistleblowing Law and Practice'. She has published articles, reports, and book chapters on protected disclosures and co-authored the Annotated Statute on the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, published by Round Hall.

Speaker Bio

Mary Inman is a partner in Constantine Cannon's London Office. After 20+ years representing whistleblowers in the U.S., she moved to London in July 2017 to launch the firm's international whistleblower practice. She specializes in representing whistleblowers from U.K., E.U. and worldwide under American whistleblower reward programs and is a recognized expert on areas related to the international application of the American whistleblower laws.