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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

Quarterly Operations Statistics

View details of the Garda Ombudsman's operations.

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Latest news

GSOC is looking for witnesses to an incident in which shots were fired.

Three Garda officers seconded to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

GSOC seeks witnesses to incident in Portobello

GSOC response to UN Committee Against Torture concluding observations.

GSOC is recruiting for Investigations Officer(s) in the Protected Disclosures Unit.

Death in Dundalk - Update on GSOC investigation into the death of a person in Dundalk Garda Station

GSOC receives sanction for additional staff to assist investigation of Protected Disclosures

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission 2016 Annual Report has been published.

Investigation into the circumstances leading up to the death of the Garda Tony Golden, the apparently self-inflicted death of Adrian Crevin-Mackin and the serious wounding of Siobhán Phillips, in October 2015

Information on the status of investigations in the public interest referred following the work of the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM).

Dáil has debated Justice Committee's recent Garda Oversight & Accountability report, on 2nd February.

Access to documents from the O'Higgins Commission has been granted following a High Court order.

Appointments to the Commission of GSOC recommended by Oireachtas.

Status of investigation requested by Minister for Justice and Equality into matters arising from O’Higgins Commission.

Report following investigation into the Death of Anthony Ward, following Garda contact, has been published.

Opening statement and Submission by Justice Ring to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality.

Investigation into complaints of neglect of duty in the investigation of alleged child sexual assault recommends no individual breaches of discipline, but finds serious system failure.

Justice Ring chairs a panel discussion at State Accountability for Vulnerability Conference at DCU.

Report by Justice Frank Clarke has been received and will be considered carefully by Ombudsman Commission with a view to taking any appropriate action.

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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

Annual Report 2016

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 2015

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2015

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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