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Policing Authority Annual Report 2017

The Policing Authority published its Annual Report 2017 on 13 June 2018 in accordance with section 62O.(1) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) and in compliance with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.


Policing Authority Annual Report 2017
An tÚdarás Póilíneachta Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2017

Publication by the Policing Authority of Garda Síochána responses to Oversight questions on Roads Policing June 2018

Arising from the April 2017 Authority meeting with the Garda Commissioner held in public in April 2017, the Authority is now publishing the responses it has received from the Garda Síochána to a range of questions posed on Roads Policing. To view this publication please click here.


The Policing Authority welcomes publication of the first Garda Síochána Independent Culture Audit

Today’s publication of the report of the Garda Síochána independent Culture Audit is a significant step in culture reform in the Garda Síochána. To view the Authority's full statement please click here.
The Policing Authority will host a live stream discussion event on May 9th 2018 @ 14:00 to share with the public both these insights and understanding of how PWC conducted this independent survey. You can watch the broadcast by clicking here

Superintendent Selection Competition 2018

A Policing Authority selection competition is underway for the purpose of making appointments to the rank of Superintendent in the Garda Síochána. The deadline for receipt of applications for this competition was 24 May 2018. For further information and relevant competition documents, please click on the 'Superintendent Competition 2018' tab to the left of this screen, or click here


Policing Authority welcomes the recommencing of publication of crime statistics by the CSO

The Policing Authority welcomes the resumption of publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office. The full press statement can be found by clicking here.


Chairperson's opening statement in front of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality

Josephine Feehily, the chairperson of the Policing Authority, today appeared in front of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality. Her opening statement is available here

Policing Authority welcomes advertisement of recruitment competition for new Garda Commissioner

The Policing Authority welcomes the advertisement today, Friday March 9th 2018, by the Public Appointments Service (PAS), of the recruitment competition for the new Garda Commissioner.

Application details for the role of Commissioner in An Garda Síochána can be viewed on https://www.publicjobs.ie/publicjobs/campaignAdvert/73715.htm


Policing Authority's Submission to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland

The Policing Authority has made it's submission to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, comprising of high-level observations ranging across key themes. It can be found by clicking here

Policing Authority's Statement Regarding the Garda Classification of Homicide Data

The Policing Authority is aware of recent media reports regarding material relating to the issue of the classification of homicide data and for this reason thought it might be useful to set out its oversight work on this matter. This statement can be viewed here.


Policing Authority Report on Appointments to the Garda Síochána

The Policing Authority is pleased to announce that it has made a number of appointments to the ranks of Assistant Commissioner, Chief Superintendent and Superintendent and to the senior civilian grades in the Garda Síochána in the period 26 October 2017 to 31 January 2018.

For more details on these appointments please click here


Fourth Report to the Minister in response to the request under Section 117A (2) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005

The Policing Authority has published its Fourth Report to the Minister on progress by the Garda Siochána in implementing the recommendations of the Garda Inspectorate Report 'Changing Policing in Ireland'.

The report can be viewed by clicking here.


Report in accordance with section 62O. (2) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005

The Policing Authority is required by law to provide a report to the Minister for Justice and Equality within two years of its establishment on the effectiveness of the Authority and the adequacy of its functions.


This report, which was submitted at the end of 2017, provided a welcome opportunity for Members of the Authority to reflect on its effectiveness over the past two years, as well as the adequacy of its functions and how it might be more effective in the future. It will also form part of the Policing Authority’s submission to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.


It can be viewed by clicking here


Review of Matters Related to Mandatory Intoxicant Testing and the Incorrect Issuing of Summonses by the Garda Síochána Instead of Fixed Charged Notices

The Policing Authority today published the Report of the review undertaken by Crowe Horwath on its behalf regarding matters relating to Mandatory Intoxicant Testing and the Incorrect Issuing of Summonses by the Garda Síochána Instead of Fixed Charged Notices. The Report was finalised on Monday 23 October and the Authority considered it during its meeting on 26 October and can be viewed by clicking here.


Today the Authority has also published its accompanying commentary on the matter, which summarises the Authority’s views and conclusions and how its oversight of these matters will continue. This commentary can be viewed by clicking here.

The full press statement can be viewed here.


Press Statement on Policing Authority appointments to the Garda Síochána

The Policing Authority is pleased to announce that it has appointed Chief Superintendent Orla McPartlin to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of the Garda Síochána. This is the fourth appointment to this rank made by the Authority since the commencement of its statutory appointment functions on 1 January 2017.


The Authority also made a number of appointments to the rank of Superintendent.

The full press statement can be viewed here.


Opening remarks by the Chairperson of the Policing Authority to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality - 27th September 2017
Please click here.


Process for the appointment of the next Commissioner of the Garda Síochána
To view the Policing Authority's statement regarding the process for the appointment of the next Commissioner of the Garda Síochána please click here.



Statement following retirement of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan

To view the Policing Authority's statement following the retirement of Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan please click here


Policing Authority statement on FCPN System and MAT Checkpoints
To view the Policing Authority's statement regarding reports published by the Garda Síochána resulting from its examination of the FCPN System and recording of breath-tests at MAT checkpoints please click here.


Policing Priorities (draft) 2018 Consultation
The Policing Authority has a function under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 to determine Policing Priorities for the Garda Síochána each year. The Policing Priorities are crucial because they influence the annual Policing Plan which sets out the actions, commitments and targets to be achieved by the Garda Síochána in that year.

The Authority has developed a set of draft 2018 Policing Priorities. These were informed by a number of activities which included a review of previous and comparator Policing Plans, engagement with stakeholders and consultation with the Joint Policing Committees.

The Authority intends to finalise these in September 2017 and in order to inform our thinking in determining these priorities, would appreciate the views of our statutory consultees and other key stakeholders.

To view this document please click here.



Policing Authority appoints Superintendent 03 August 2017

The Policing Authority is pleased to announce the sixth appointment it has made to the rank of Chief Superintendent in the Garda Síochána since the commencement of its statutory appointment functions on 1 January 2017.

Further details on this appointment may be found in the press release here



Policing Authority appoints Chief Superintendents and Superintendents 01 August 2017

The Policing Authority is pleased to announce that it has made two further appointments to the rank of Chief Superintendent in the Garda Síochána.

In addition, the Authority has made seven appointments to the rank of Superintendent. These appointments result from the first competition undertaken by the Authority for the rank of Superintendent since the commencement of its statutory appointment functions on 1 January 2017.

Further details on these appointments may be found in the press release here



Garda Síochána Public Attitudes Survey 2016


The Policing Authority welcomes publication of the Garda Síochána Public Attitudes Survey 2016. For more information please click here.


Second Quarterly Report to the Tánaiste

The Policing Authority has published its Second Quarterly Report to the Tánaiste on progress by the Garda Siochána in implementing the recommendations of the Garda Inspectorate Report 'Changing Policing in Ireland'

Second Quarterly Report - April 2017



Policing Authority statement

To view the Policing Authority statement on the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland please click here.

Code of Ethics

On 23 January 2017, the Policing Authority launched the Code of Ethics for the Garda Síochána to inform and guide the actions of every member of staff, at every level of the organisation. The Code of Ethics can be viewed here.


Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, Tánaiste & Minister for Justice & Equality Frances Fitzgerald and the Chairperson of the Policing Authority Josephine Feehily pictured at the Launch of the Code of Ethics for the Garda Síochána 23/01/2017




Policing Authority Statements on Roads Data.

The Policing Authority have released a number of statements on issue of Roads Data in the Garda Síochána:

07 April 2017

28 March 2017

23 March 2017