Speak Up Report 2017

Meghan Van Portfliet, John Devitt, Susheela Math

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The Speak Up Report 2017 notes a significant increase in complaints from the public about the Gardaí to the helpline. The largest number of Garda-related complaints related to the alleged failure to investigate crimes reported to them. The Health sector generated the second largest number of calls to the helpline during the same period. The most common concern raised by callers from the sector was whistleblower reprisal. The Banking and Finance sector appears in the top three most complained about sectors for the first time. The largest number of complaints to the Speak Up helpline were made about retail bank lending practices and the conduct of ‘vulture funds’.

The report also includes the findings from the Integrity at Work Survey 2016 which, for the first time, measured the attitudes and experiences of Irish private-sector employees and employers to whistleblowing. The Integrity at Work Survey found that of those only 21% of those that say they reported wrongdoing suffered as a result and 28% of those that reported said they benefited. Despite the relatively low percentage of reported reprisal, the Integrity at Work’s Survey’s findings suggest that an estimated 33,000 workers claim they have suffered as a result of speaking up at work.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherTransparency International Ireland (Limited)
Number of pages48
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


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