Annex 5: PIDA in Northern Ireland

Whistleblowing legislation in Northern Ireland differs slightly from the rest of the United Kingdom.

Previously the UK PIDA requirement was that a disclosure must be made in ‘good faith’ this was changed to ‘in public interest’. However, for Northern Ireland legislation remains on the basis that in order for a disclosure to a ‘prescribed person’ to be protected, you must fulfil the following requirements:

  • make the disclosure in good faith
  • reasonably believe that the information is substantially true
  • reasonably believe you are making the disclosure to the right ‘prescribed

This difference has minimum impact on the process of how we will handle any disclosures.