The Authority members are appointed by the Government following selection processes run by the Public Appointments Service.
The legislation which established the Authority provides for the Authority to have a total of nine members – a Chairperson and eight ordinary members. The composition of the Authority is in line with the statutory objective of there being at least 4 men and at least 4 women on the Authority.
The Act requires that Authority members should have appropriate experience, qualifications, training or expertise and knowledge in areas connected with:
- Policing matters
- Human rights and equality matters
- Public sector administration
- Board management and corporate governance
- Work undertaken by voluntary groups with local communities, in particular work to promote safety in the community, prevent crime or promote awareness of other issues that are relevant to policing services.
Members of either House of the Oireachtas, MEPs, members of Local Authorities, serving members or staff of the Garda Síochána, and members of GSOC or the Garda Inspectorate are not eligible to be members of the Authority.
The Authority is supported by the Executive which consists of a core team of staff headed up by Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Helen Hall.