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What is GSOC?

Advice and Service you can trust The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is an independent agency, set up in 2007.

Our function is to deal with matters involving possible misconduct by members of the Garda Síochána, in an efficient, effective and fair manner.

The main ways that this may arise are as a result of:

  • a complaint from a member of the public
  • the referral of an incident from the Garda Síochána, or
  • because it for some other reason appears to be in the public interest that a matter be investigated.

Operational figures

2016 January to March

View details of the Garda Ombudsman's operations.

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Latest news

Information on investigations in the public interest referred as part of the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM)

Updated Statement regarding a referral of matters arising from the O'Higgins Commission by the Minister

Report by Justice Frank Clarke to be considered carefully by Ombudsman Commission with a view to taking any appropriate action

Recommendation to Garda Authorities regarding the timing of the execution of a search warrant.

Current Vacancy GSOC are currently seeking a Director of Investigations - closing date - 30 June 2016 3pm

Statement regarding matters raised by Deputy Martin Kenny TD

Report of the investigation into allegations that information, relating to the arrest of Deputy Clare Daly TD, was leaked from within the Garda Síochána

Statement on references to GSOC in the O'Higgins Commission Report

GSOC Chair speaks of the need for reform of the complaint-handling system with Garda Superintendents

We were proud to be invited to speak at the Victims’ Rights Alliance event to mark the important EU Directive on Victims' Rights becoming law on 16 November. New information for victims of crime is now available on our website.

Chair of GSOC Justice Mary Ellen Ring opened the 18th Annual Conference of the ACJRD. The subject of the conference was dealing with victims of crime - Full article

Justice Frank Clarke is conducting an independent inquiry of a recent GSOC investigation into a fatal RTI. This is allowed for by s.109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.
GSOC's first statement re the above matter.
GSOC's second statement re the matter.

For the latest news, press releases and witness appeals please visit the mediaroom.

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How to make a complaint

If you are directly affected by what you believe is misbehaviour of a member of the Garda Síochána, you can complain to the Garda Ombudsman.

Find out about the process.

Go directly to the Online Complaint Form OR download a Paper Complaint Form (PDF).


We will soon have information about accessing our services available in more languages. Meanwhile, we make translation and interpreting available to anyone who needs it.

So please feel free to e-mail us in your own language.

Recent publications

Read the report on the public interest investigation undertaken into matters raised by the Commission of Investigation Report into the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne.

Examination of Garda Síochána practice, policy and procedure in relation to remand in custody - S106 report

Annual Report 2014

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2014

Read the report on the most recent public interest investigation undertaken by GSOC, into an incident on Henry St., Dublin in March 2015.

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