WWN Guide To Being A Whistleblower In Ireland


IRELAND’s slow and steady fight against corruption, misuse of power and all round ineffectual management is being helped along by the unheralded work of brave whistleblowers.

Whistleblowers, who despite knowing they will be hounded into the ground by their superiors for simply wanting people to do their jobs properly, still put everything on the line to force change upon ineffective institutions by forcing issues out into the open.

Some of these noble whistleblowers have faced great hardship after making sacrifices for the greater good. So, in an effort to prepare future whistleblowers from the same pain WWN has come up with a helpful and definitive guide.

Get used to your own company

Whistleblowers calling out inaction, illegality and negligence are often rewarded by being completely shunned by their peers and superiors. With this in mind, if you even have the slightest inkling that you might see some corruption in your line of work at some point in the future, it may be best to start becoming someone who enjoys their own company. Because, William the Whistleblower becomes Billy No Mates fairly quickly.

Squirrel away funds in preparation for paying solicitors to protect your name

It is recommended that from about the age of just born, potential future whistleblowers should begin saving money just in case their name is dragged through the mud by people covering their arses after their ineptitude and blind ignorance is called out. These funds will also be needed to survive on in the event of being fired for being honest and pointing out some people are doing things they shouldn’t.

On second thoughts, maybe just ignore it

Whatever it is, be it people breaking the law, stealing money, doesn’t matter, sure no one is going to thank you for saying you believe that it is wrong and people should pay for what they did and suffer the consequences. Chances are it’s the whistleblower that gets all the consequences and none of the reward. Blind eye is best.

I know you are but what am I?

If all else fails, the sweet sound of the rebuttal ‘I know you are but what am I?’ is all any whistleblower needs when defending their reputation against clandestine efforts by people in power to ruin their lives. The simple sentence is what can see you through tough times.