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Integrity at Work Conference,

Radisson Blu, Golden Lane, Dublin 8 - 28th September

Theme: Speaking Up Safely

28 September, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin 8

The Integrity at Work (IAW) Conference 2017, organised by Transparency International Ireland, is the first to bring together employers, legal practitioners, academics and civil society to discuss how to foster a culture of integrity within Irish workplaces.

The IAW Conference will explore how law, policy and practice work together in helping employers understand what they need to do to help their staff to speak up safely. It will present employers, professionals and policy-makers with a unique opportunity to pose questions, share experiences and learn from their peers and international experts on whistleblowing and whistleblower protection.

Among the questions the IAW Conference will seek to answer will include:

  • How do I encourage my staff to report concerns about wrongdoing?
  • What are best practices in writing whistleblowing policies and procedures?
  • What action should my organisation take after a disclosure has been made?
  • What does the Protected Disclosures Act (PDA) mean for my organisation and me?

Draft Agenda

8.30 - 9.00
Registration and Tea/Coffee

9.00 - 9.10
Welcome and Opening Remarks - John Devitt, Chief Executive TI Ireland

9.10 - 9.30
Opening Address – Charles Flanagan, Minister for Justice and Equality

9.30 - 9.50
Keynote Speaker – Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman

9.50 - 11.20
Panel Discussion - Challenges in helping workers to speak up safely

  • Anna Myers - Director, Whistleblowers international Network
  • Kate Kenny - Professor of Management at Queen’s University Belfast
  • Niall Fitzgerald - Head of Ethics and Governance, Chartered Accountants Ireland
  • Helen Martin - Director of Regulation, Charities Regulatory Authority
  • Lucas Kruettli - Attorney at law, Roche Pharmaceuticals
  • Wendy Addison - CEO, SpeakOut/SpeakUp

11.20 - 11.40
Coffee Break

11.45 - 13.00
Morning Parallel Workshops

Workshop 1 – The Protected Disclosures Act three years on  – How effective has Ireland’s new whistleblowing legislation been?

  • Cathy James, OBE - Chief Executive, Public Concern at Work
  • Susheela Math - Managing Solicitor, Transparency Legal Advice Centre
  • Michelle Ní Longáin - Partner, ByrneWallace
  • Lauren Kierans, BL - Founder Irish Whistleblowing Law Society

Workshop 2 – Meeting your obligations - how to write a whistleblowing policy and procedure 

  • Dr Kate Kenny - Professor in Management at Queen's University Belfast
  • Anna Myers - Director, Whistleblowers International Network
  • John Devitt - Chief Executive, Transparency International Ireland
  • Wendy Addison - Founder and CEO, SpeakOut SpeakUp Ltd.

Workshop 3 – Taking Action - what to do when your staff speak up 

  • Philip Brennan – Founder and Managing Director of
  • Prof Niamh Brennan - Michael MacCormac Professor of Management, UCD
  • Emmet Whelan - Partner, ByrneWallace 
  • Niall Fitzgerald - Head of Ethics and Governance, Chartered Accountants Ireland.
  • Lucas Kruettli - Attorney at Law, Roche Pharmaceuticals

13.00 - 14.00

14.00 - 14.30
Plenary Panel Discussion - Rapporteurs from Parallel Workshops present and discuss their workshop summaries

14.30 - 15.00
Speak Up Report 2016 - John Devitt and Susheela Math

15.00 - 1515
Coffee Break

15.15 - 16.30
Panel Discussion - Getting it Right – Examples from Public, Private and Non-Profit Organisations

Panel Discussion/Q&A.

  • Grainne Madden - Founder and Senior Consultant, GMJ Associates
  • Niamh Brennan - Michael Mac Cormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin
  • Cathy James, OBE - Chief Executive, Public Concern at Work
  • Mary Van Lieshout - Head of Ethics and Compliance, Goal
  • 1 more panellist TBC

​16.30 - 17.00
Closing Address - TBC