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Ireland: President signs Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Bill 2022 into law

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, signed into law, on 21 July 2022, the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Bill 2022, thereby transposing the Directive on the Protection of Persons who Report Breaches of Union Law (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) ('the Whistleblowing Directive'). In particular, the bill which was introduced to Parliament in February 2022, amends and extends whistleblower protection provided under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, in addition to establishing the Office of the Protected Disclosures Commissioner.

Although a finalised version of the law is currently awaiting publication in the Irish Statute Book, the law is expected to come into operation on such day as appointed by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

You can read the press release here.