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A “protected disclosure” is a report made by an individual about wrongdoing, unethical practice or improper activity within an organisation, with legal protections against reprisal.

What is a Protected Disclosure ?


A Protected Disclosure is defined in the Protected Disclosures Act, 2014 as a disclosure of information which, in the reasonable belief of the worker, tends to show one or more ‘relevant wrongdoings’, which came to the attention of the worker in connection with the worker’s employment and is disclosed in the manner prescribed in the Protected Disclosures Act, 2014.

Waterford City & County Council is committed to ensuring that the culture and work environment are such that any employee/worker is encouraged and supported to report on any issue that may impact adversely on Waterford City & County Council’s ability to deliver a high quality service.


Our Protected Disclosures policy can be found here.

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Annual Protected Disclosure Statements

Contact the Protected Disclosures Officer