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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Belfast Telegraph

Complaint:

An individual complained that an article about a Rathlin Island Ferry employee, whose identity had been revealed to the company after he had expressed concerns about safety procedures, had contained inaccuracies and – by the inclusion of certain information – had identified the employee concerned.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved by the publication of the following clarification and apology:

Our article of 10 December 2008 (Government unmasked ferry safety ‘whistleblower’) reported that the identity of a Rathlin Island Ferry employee who had raised concerns about safety procedures had been revealed to the company by the Department of Regional Development. We now understand that information contained in our article inadvertently identified the employee concerned. We would like to apologise for this intrusion, and to clarify that the whistleblower’s concerns related to risk assessments on new vessels rather than to safety concerns about the ferry he worked on, as reported.

The article also reported that an employee of Calmac – who had previously operated the ferry passenger service – had claimed that DRD staff had harassed him when he declined to copy log book information to pass to Rathlin Island Ferry. In fact, the individual was asked to copy International Safety Management documentation. While the inquiry found no evidence to support the claim of bullying, it did confirm that a request to copy such information was made, contrary to the impression that may have been created by our article. We are happy to set the record straight.

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