Has Minister Murphy
No Pea In His Whistle?
No Pea In His Whistle?
DEPARTMENT FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT MINUTES
DEPARTMENTAL BOARD MEETING TUESDAY 7 APRIL 2009
13. THE DEPARTMENT’S WHISTLEBLOWING ARRANGEMENTS –
COMPLIANCE WITH BEST PRACTICE (DB 39/09)
Lian Patterson reminded the Board that this paper had been refined,
following an earlier draft paper submitted to the January meeting of the
Board. The Board noted the paper had been circulated under the
correspondence arrangements and no adverse comments have been
The Board therefore agreed to the issue to all Departmental staff of the
covering information note and associated guidance.
This draft paper followed the release of the Rathlin ferry investigations report. NALIL provided a reformatted searchable document as the official one isn't user friendly.
I understand that the whistle was blown when risk assessments had not been carried out to identify safety risks. Now Rathlin Sound is a treacherous stretch of water with its rip tides and even boarding arrangements can be precarious so you might imagine that DRD officials would have acted in a professional and competent manner and that the investigators would have applauded the whistleblower.
we were advised that the term ‘whistleblower’ was being used in the generic sense
Perhaps the investigators lacked expertise in matters marine and also failed to note that whistleblower needs no quotation marks, at most, a hyphen. You'd have thought that the red bowser incident would have re-focussed their investigation.
In conjunction with DRD, the investigators failed to label all complainants; they merely identified complainant 1 and complainant 2. On the day the report was released, an unnamed reporter in the Belfast Telegraph was able to state:
The man no longer works for the company.
The DRD website lags far behind best practice so it's hardly surprising that their whistleblowing and data protection practises are also in the doldrums.
And there's more - a small list from Google searches that linked to a DRD Equality Impact assessment. Hmmm. Rathlin International Airport. Perhaps it will get a mention when the Rathlin Island Plan is (eventually) put out to put out to public consultation.
drd land ownership moyle
rathlin island runway
silverbirch hotel omagh autistic meeting november 2008
drd 60= bus pass
drd a5 and a8
the need for a runway in rathlin island
disadvantages of an airport runway on rathlin island
social impacts from a4 dual carriageway dungannon to ballygawley