Protected Disclosures Annual Report 2016

Annual Report of the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces under the Protected Disclosures Act, 2014

Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 requires the publication of an Annual Report each year relating to the number of protected disclosures made in the preceding year and any actions taken in response to such disclosures.
Pursuant to this requirement, the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces confirms that no such reports were received for the financial year from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016.

Please note that while the offices of the ODF are closed until further notice because of the Covid-19 emergency, its work continues with staff and the ODF working remotely.

If you wish to contact the office please do so by email addressed to or telephone 01 6633222 and leave a message. For particularly urgent matters please telephone Brian O'Neill at 087 6009217. While letters or documentation posted to the office may not receive immediate attention, please be assured that subject to the foregoing, every effort will be made to provide a normal service.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

The President, Michael D. Higgins, on the recommendation of Government, appointed Mr. Justice Alan Mahon as Ombudsman for the Defence Forces with effect from 6th July 2018. The Ombudsman was selected following an open competition run by the Public Appointments Service.

Mr. Justice Mahon resides in Co. Kildare and is originally from Tullamore, Co. Offaly. He was called to the Bar in 1976, became a Senior Counsel in 1988 and was appointed a Circuit Court Judge in 2002. He chaired The Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments (the Mahon Tribunal) from 2003, and which was originally established in 1997.

In October 2014, Mr. Justice Mahon was appointed a Judge of the newly established Court of Appeal. He has been appointed Ombudsman for the Defence Forces for a three year term.

Mr. Justice Alan Mahon