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Protected Disclosures

Statutory Instrument 339 of 2014 prescribes the Chief Executive of the HEA as a person to receive disclosures of relevant wrongdoings as follows:






Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority

(a) All matters relating to the planning and

development of higher education and research in the State.


(b) All matters relating to funding for

universities and certain institutions of

higher education designated under the

Higher Education Authority Act 1971 (No.

22 of 1971).


Protected disclosures may be made to the Chief Executive of the HEA in respect of matters relating to the planning and development of higher education and research in the State and matters relating to the funding of higher education institutions funded by the HEA. A copy of the policy is available here or can be downloaded below.

The protected disclosure may be addressed in writing to the Chief Executive at the following address:

Higher Education Authority

3 Shelbourne Buildings

Crampton Avenue

Shelbourne Road

Dublin 4

D04 C2Y6


The HEA also has a dedicated email address to receive protected disclosures:


Before making a submission to the HEA a worker may wish to obtain advice or guidance. The Transparency Legal Advice Centre (TLAC) provides free legal advice to anyone who wishes to disclose wrongdoing, particularly under the Protected Disclosures Act. Access is via the Speak Up helpline on 1800 844 866.

Transparency International Ireland have also published a Speak Up Safely Guide to help workers make an informed decision before sharing concerns about wrongdoing. The guide is aimed at helping workers understand the new whistleblowing legislation, the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, as well as giving practical tips on blowing the whistle safely. The guide is available here or can be downloaded below.

Further information is available at

Protected Disclosures Annual Report

Under section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014:

(1) Every public body shall prepare and publish not later than 30 June in each year a report in relation to the immediately preceding year in a form which does not enable the identification of the persons involved containing information relating to the matters specified in subsection (2).

(2) Those matters are—

  • the number of protected disclosures made to the public body,
  • the action (if any) taken in response to those protected disclosures, and
  • such other information relating to those protected disclosures and the action taken as may be requested by the Minister from time to time.

The HEA annual report for 2016 is available here or can be downloaded below.

Protected Disclosures Annual Report 2016

Protected Disclosures Annual Report 2017

Protected Disclosures Annual Report 2018

Transparency International Ireland - Speak Up Safely Guide 

HEA Protected Disclosures Policy and Procedures