Protected Disclosures Act 2014

F21[Anonymous reports


5A. (1) Without prejudice to the provisions of any other enactment relating to anonymous reporting of wrongdoing, nothing in this Act shall oblige any person to accept and follow-up on anonymous reports made in the manner specified in section 6 but a person may, if he or she considers it appropriate to do so, follow-up on a matter the subject of an anonymous report.

(2) A worker who makes a disclosure in the manner specified under section 6, 7, F22[7B,] 8, 9 or 10 by way of an anonymous report and who is subsequently identified and penalised for having made the disclosure shall be treated for the purposes of this Act as having made a protected disclosure and shall be entitled to the same protections under Part 3 as a worker who has been penalised for having made a protected disclosure.]




Inserted (1.01.2023) by Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022 (27/2022), s. 7, S.I. No. 510 of 2022.


Inserted (22.07.2023) by European Union (Protection of Persons Who Report Breaches of Union Law) Regulations 2023 (S.I. No. 375 of 2023), reg. 5, in effect as per reg. 2.