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Policing Authority Appoints an Assistant Commissioner in the Garda Síochána for the First Time

In one of the most significant reforms in policing, the Policing Authority, at its meeting on 23 March 2017, appointed an Assistant Commissioner of the Garda Síochána for the first time. For more information please click here



Policing Authority Statement on Roads Data 23 March 2017

The Policing Authority has issued a statement in relation to the acknowledgement by the Garda Síochána of major discrepancies in the published data regarding road side breath tests and possible wrongful prosecutions and convictions arising from a range of road traffic offences. For more information please click here



Garda Síochána Selection Competition
The Policing Authority has commenced the process of holding a selection competition for the purpose of appointing a person(s) to the rank of Chief Superintendent in the Garda Síochána. For more information please click here.

Policing Authority Meeting with Garda Commissioner
The Policing Authority held a meeting in public with the Garda Commissioner on 23 February, 2017.

To view a video recording of this meeting 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 chair of the Policing Authority Josephine Feehily pictured at the Launch of the Code of Ethics for the Garda Síochána 23/01/2017



The Policing Authority
The Policing Authority was established as an independent body to oversee the performance of the Garda Síochána in relation to policing services in Ireland. Its key objective is to promote trust and confidence in policing and to help shape policing services for Ireland in the future.

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 Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) provides an extensive range of functions for the Authority, including functions which were previously 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 the Garda Síochána, approving the annual policing plans and the 3 year Garda Strategy statement;
  • Establishing a Garda Code of Ethics.

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

The Authority will hold at least four meetings in public each year with the Garda Commissioner discussing matters relating to these functions. Meetings held in public are streamed live online. A link will be available on our Meetings page during these meetings. Archive footage of previous meetings can be seen on our Youtube channel.

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