Policing Authority will be 'a critical friend of the Garda Siochána'

Policing Authority will be 'a critical friend of the Garda Siochána'
Chairperson Designate Josephine Feehily.

The new Policing Authority will advertise for staff next month, and hopes to have its first meetings in September.

The Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has published the Bill to establish the Garda Siochána Policing Authority today.

Ms Fitzgerald has described it as the most far-reaching reform of An Garda Siochána since the foundation of the State.

The authority will have oversight of the force and will be responsible for making senior appointments, as well as removing senior Gardaí in some circumstances.

It will also hold the Garda Commissioner to account on policing matters and will have a role in senior appointments.

Chairperson Designate Josephine Feehily explains the authority's relationship with the Gardaí.

She said: "The kind of line that is usually used for a policing authority is that we are a critical friend of the Garda Siochána, and so you're critical in terms of their performance, you're challenging, but you're also a friend in terms of pointing out where they need support.

"We will certainly be entitled to take a view about their resourcing and I think that may help.

"The other piece is the fact that there is now recruitment, a flow of recruitment, not just the batch that are coming through right now.

"There is going to be another intake into Templemore. All of that will contribute to enhancing morale in the Garda Siochána."


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