Why do we still not believe whistleblowers?

Unless new behaviours are championed we will still be asking that question in 20 years

Thomas Pringle TD outside the HSE-run disability services centre at Ard Gréine Court, Stranorlar, Co Donegal. Photograph:  Joe Dunne

Thomas Pringle TD outside the HSE-run disability services centre at Ard Gréine Court, Stranorlar, Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Years ago, on the RTÉ current affairs programme Questions and Answers, John Bowman asked me: “Breda O’Brien, why were the whistleblowers not believed?’

It was at the height of the scandals concerning the sexual abuse of children by members of the Catholic Church. The question has stuck in my mind ever since.

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