Galway 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 Galway County Council’s ability to deliver a high quality service.
The purpose of the Galway County Council Protected Disclosures Policy & Procedure is:-
(i) to encourage employees/workers to report internally any concerns they may have as soon as possible regarding potential wrongdoing in the workplace, in the knowledge that their concerns will be taken seriously and investigated, where appropriate, and that their confidentiality will be respected, in the manner provided by the Protected Disclosure Act, 2014;
(ii) to highlight that it is always appropriate to raise such concerns when they are based on a reasonable belief irrespective of whether any wrongdoing is in fact subsequently identified;
(iii) to provide employees/workers with guidance on how to raise concerns;
(iv) to reassure employees/workers that they can report relevant wrongdoings without fear of penalisation.
The policy applies to all Galway County Council employees and to all workers of Galway County Council including contractors, consultants, agency staff, former employees and interns/trainees.
Council employees and all workers of Galway County Council who become aware of a relevant wrongdoing as part of their work with or for Galway County Council may make a report to the ‘Designated Officer’ (designated to receive disclosures in the Council) in respect of a relevant wrongdoing and are encouraged to refer to and use the Procedure for Making a Disclosure as outlined in Galway County Council’s Protected Disclosures Policy and Procedure.