Communications Regulation (Postal Services) Act 2011

45.

Protection of whistleblowers.

45.— (1) Section 24A of the Principal Act is amended—

( a) in subsection (1) by substituting “an undertaking, an associate of an undertaking, an association of undertakings or a postal service provider” for “an undertaking, an associate of an undertaking or an association of undertakings”,

( b) in subsection (2) by substituting “an undertaking, an associate of an undertaking, an association of undertakings or a postal service provider” for “an undertaking or an associate of an undertaking or an association of undertakings”,

( c) in subsection (2) by substituting the following for paragraph ( a):

“( a) the conduct relates to the provision of—

(i) an electronic communications network or service or an associated facility, or

(ii) a postal service,

and”,

and

( d) in subsection (5) by substituting “an undertaking, an associate of an undertaking, an association of undertakings or a postal service provider” for “an undertaking, an associate of an undertaking or an association of undertakings”.

(2) Section 24B of the Principal Act is amended by substituting the following for subsection (1)—

“(1) If an undertaking, an associate of an undertaking, an association of undertakings or a postal service provider causes detriment to a person because the person or a third person has made, or threatened to make, an appropriate disclosure of information to the Commission or a law enforcement authority (such as the Garda Síochána) about the conduct of the undertaking, the associate, the association or the postal service provider, the person has a right of action in tort against the undertaking, associate, association or postal service provider, as the case may be.”.

(3) Section 24C of the Principal Act is amended by substituting “an undertaking, an associate of an undertaking, an association of undertakings or a postal service provider” for “an undertaking, an associate of an undertaking or an association of undertakings”.