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Click here to view Policing Authority statement on the publication of the Report of the O'Higgins Commission of Investigation


Policing Authority Meeting in Public with Garda Commissioner

The Policing Authority held a meeting in public with the Garda Commissioner in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on the 25th April. This was the first such meeting since the establishment of the Authority.

Click here to view a recording of this event. (external link, Opens in New Window).


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The Policing Authority has been established as an independent body to oversee the performance of the Garda Síochána in relation to policing services in Ireland. In doing so, it will promote public trust and confidence in policing and help shape policing services to meet the challenges of a modern Ireland.

The Authority was established by the enactment of the Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015. The Act as passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas can be viewed here. A link to the Minister's Press Release on the passing of the legislation is available here.


The Authority was formally established on 1 January 2016. Ms. Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality announced on 30 December 2015 that the Government had designated the Members of the Authority - see the Minister’s press release here.

Members of the Authority at the first meeting 28/01/2016, pictured with the Minister for Justice & Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D
Members of the Authority at the first meeting 28/01/2016, pictured with the Minister for Justice & Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D.


The functions of the Policing Authority, GSOC and the Garda Inspectorate are outlined here. (As Gaeilge)

At its first meeting on Thursday 28 January 2016, the Policing Authority identified its business priorities, established some Committees of the Authority to advance its statutory functions and discussed the Policing Plan for 2016 with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan. See Press Release here.


The Act provides an extensive range of functions for the Authority, including functions which are currently carried out by Government or the Minister for Justice and Equality. In brief, they include:
  • Reviewing:
    • The adequacy of the corporate governance arrangements and structures within the Garda Síochána;
    • The arrangements for the recruitment, training and development of Garda members and civilian staff;
    • The adequacy of the mechanisms in place within the Garda Síochána for the measurement of performance and accountability of Garda members and civilian staff;
  • Ensuring that the resources available to the Garda Síochána are used so as to achieve and maintain the highest levels of efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Nominating persons for appointment by the Government to the posts of Garda Commissioner and Deputy Garda Commissioner, following a selection process undertaken by the Public Appointments Service;
  • Appointing persons to the ranks of Garda Superintendent, Chief Superintendent and Assistant Commissioner; and removing them for stated reasons relating to policing services;
  • Setting priorities and performance targets for An Garda Síochána, approving the annual policing plans and the 3 year Garda Strategy statement;
  • Establishing a Garda Code of Ethics.

Full details of the Authority's functions can be viewed here.

At least four times a year, the Authority will hold meetings with the Garda Commissioner in public in relation to these functions.