CIÉ Policies

CIÉ Policies 

Corporate governance comprises the systems and procedures by which organisations are directed, controlled and managed. High standards of corporate governance are critical to ensuring that CIÉ contributes positively to the State’s overall economic efficiency, competitiveness, social cohesion and regional development. The Board and Management of CIÉ are accountable for the proper management of the organisation and are strongly guided by best practice principles in meeting their responsibility to ensure that all activities meet the highest standards of corporate governance. The corporate governance framework typically comprises elements of legislation, regulation, self-regulatory arrangements, voluntary codes, commitments and business practices that have evolved within the organisation. Outlined below are a number of policies which have been adopted in CIÉ

CIÉ Protected Disclosures policy
The Protected Disclosures Act aims to protect public body employees who raise concerns of wrongdoings in the workplace. This policy will be monitored and will updated in line with guidelines issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and changes in relevant legislation.
Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 requires the publication of an Annual Report relating to Protected Disclosures received.
The report shall contain details of:
• The number of protected disclosures made to the public body and
• The actions taken in response to those protected disclosures.

Pursuant to this requirement, the CIÉ Holding Company hereby confirms that no Protected Disclosures were received during 2021.
Protected Disclosures are processed in accordance with CIÉ’s Group Protected Disclosures Policy and Procedures

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CIÉ Code of Conduct policy 
It is the policy of the CIÉ Group to maintain its high reputation for ethical behaviour and fair dealing in the conduct of its business.
Click here to read the Code of Conduct policy for Board Members and Directors
Click here to read the Code of Conduct policy for Employees

CIÉ Diversity and Inclusion policy 
The purpose of this policy is to demonstrate CIÉ’s commitment to equality of opportunity for existing and potential employees by promoting a work environment free from discrimination.
Click here to read the policy CIÉ Diversity and Inclusion policy

CIÉ Lobbying 

CIÉ Holding Company has been registered as a lobbyist on the Register of Lobbying website maintained by the Standards Commission.  
Lobbying returns for CIÉ

CIÉ - Access to information on the environment

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CIÉ Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery Policy 
CIÉ is committed to the highest possible standards of propriety, quality, honesty, openness and accountability and to dealing with all allegations of corruption or bribery reported.  

The application of this policy is core to CIÉ’s integrity and is one of a number of policies that have been put in place to help inform the ethical behaviour that CIÉ expects from its employees, Board Members, executives, contractors, suppliers and agents who do business on behalf of CIÉ.  It should be read in conjunction with the policies set out in Appendix A.
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Track Allocation Protocol Arrangement

1. The legal framework regarding the role of the Essential Functions Body is set out in Statutory Instrument No. 249 of 2015 as amended by Statutory Instrument No. 398 of 2020.  These Statutory Instruments give effect to the relevant EU Directives in this area.  

2. Under the Regulations the Essential Functions Body is the body is designated to undertake the Essential Functions of the Infrastructure Manager in the State.  These functions are performed by Córas Iompair Éireann and they are not outsourced to any entity.   In particular the EFB is independent in his decision making from any railway undertaking, the Iarnród Éireann Infrastructure Manager or any other person or body in relation to performance of his Essential Functions.  These Essential Functions mean decision making on train path allocation, including both the definition and the assessment of availability and the allocation of individual train paths and decision- making concerning infrastructure charging, including determination and collection of charges, in accordance with the capacity allocation framework and charging framework under the relevant Regulations.   In essence the Essential Functions Body  undertakes the Essential Functions of the Infrastructure Manager in the State.

3. The Track Allocation Protocol document sets out the procedures to be followed by the EFB and the Iarnrod Eireann Infrastructure Manager[IM] to ensure fair and equitable access to the Iarnrod Eireann network for all Railway Undertakings.

Please Click Here to read the Track Allocaton Protocol Arrangement

Please Click Here to read the European Union (Regulation of Railways) Regulations 2015

Please Click Here to read the European Union (Regulation of Railways) (Ammendment) Regulations 2020