Transparency International Ireland
TI Ireland is the only Irish NGO specialising in research, advocacy and delivery of services aimed at supporting whistleblowers. Since 2004, it has undertaken research on whistleblowing legislation and experiences in Ireland (2010, 2016 and 2018). Its research and advocacy have contributed to the drafting and implementation of legislation including the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 (PDA), as well as inputting on Directive (EU) 2019/1937 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law.
In 2011, TI Ireland launched the Speak Up Helpline, Ireland’s only non-profit service providing free confidential information and advice to whistleblowers and witnesses of wrongdoing. We have helped over 1,400 people to date. Its former clients include Garda whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson. In response to demand for legal advice, we established the Transparency Legal Advice Centre (TLAC); the only independent law centre in Ireland that specialises in providing free legal advice to whistleblowers.
TI Ireland’s approach also involves working with public bodies and other stakeholders to build their institutional capacity to address wrongdoing through its Integrity at Work (IAW) programme. This membership-based initiative promotes safe working environments for anyone reporting misconduct and involves the delivery of training, guidance and standard setting for member organisations.
In addition, TI Ireland has frequently been called upon by international organisations such as the UNODC, EU Commission, and OECD for training and advice on whistleblowing.