Examinations of Practice, Policy and Procedure of the Garda Síochána
These examinations are undertaken in line with section 106 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.
They differ from investigation reports in that they examine practices, policies and procedures of the Garda Síochána, rather than behaviour of any individuals. Often, such examinations are prompted by issues that come to notice during the course of investigations following complaints or referrals. Their purpose is to prevent complaints from arising.
Legislative amendments in 2015 provided that the Ombusman Commission may now undertake these examinations by its own volition (previously the permission of the Minister for Justice and Equality was required), and that the Minister must lay the reports before the House of the Oireachtas (publish them).
The Minister for Justice and Equality or the Policing Authority may also request the Ombusman Commission to undertake such examinations.
This examination was commenced in June 2014 on request of the Minster for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD. The report was delivered to and published by the Minister in June 2015.
This examination was delivered to the Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr Dermot Ahern TD, in May 2009. It was the first such examination undertaken under s.106 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 and it highlighed issues and made recommendations in relation to the Fixed Charge Processing System. The Department of Justice published the report in March 2014.