The chair of the Policing Authority, Josephine Feehily, has said that the authority is very concerned about the issue of domestic violence and the fact that there had been two domestic homicides in the first week of this year justified that concern.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has strongly rejected assertions that proposals to transfer powers from the Policing Authority to An Garda Síochána represent a “watering down” of oversight.
As part of an ongoing review the Policing Authority has expressed frustration at the pace at which the Gardai have responded to concerns around the misclassification of data (crime figures) and has called on the service to provide a full process and timeframe for the review of all homicides cases from 2003-2017.
The effectiveness of the Policing Authority has been constrained by uncertainty of the respective oversight roles between it and the Minister for Justice, according to the head of the Garda watchdog body.
The Policing Authority is legally prevented from finding out if a senior officer it is considering for promotion is implicated in a whistleblower investigation being conducted by Gsoc, writes Security Correspondent