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Death of Shane O'Farrell: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (14 Jun 2018)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I move amendment No. 1:To delete all words after "to determine all admissible complaints in a timely and expeditious fashion;" and substitute the following:"— the GSOC report was delivered in a timeframe that was not acceptable, and was ultimately deficient; — this case involved multiple failures on the part of several justice agencies of the State, resulting in Zigimantas...

Seanad: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission: Motion (14 Jun 2018) See 3 other results from this debate

Charles Flanagan: I thank the House for facilitating me between items Nos. 3 and 4 on the Order of Business. The appointment of members of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, GSOC, is governed by the provisions of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, which require the Government to satisfy itself that a person to be nominated for appointment has the appropriate experience, qualifications,...

Seanad: Death of Shane O'Farrell: Statements (14 Jun 2018) See 7 other results from this debate

Charles Flanagan: ...to determine what actions they might take.In 2014, my predecessor, former Minister, Alan Shatter, referred the matter to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. Members of the House will be aware that GSOC has a statutory responsibility to deal with complaints concerning the conduct of members of the Garda Síochána. At the time of the Minister’s referral, GSOC...

Seanad: Business of Seanad (13 Jun 2018)

Jerry Buttimer: I propose that the motion regarding the appointment of a member of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, GSOC, shall not be taken today. I apologise. I sent an email to group leaders and Whips. There is a ministerial diary clash and the Dáil ran over time. The matter will be taken tomorrow afternoon. The postponement is due to a scheduling conflict with Dáil...

Death of Shane O'Farrell: Motion [Private Members] (12 Jun 2018) See 17 other results from this debate

Jackie Cahill: ...in the manner in which the death of Shane was prosecuted and the State is continuing to fail them in the manner in which their complaints around investigation and prosecution have been handled by GSOC. Shane's death is a personal tragedy for the O'Farrell family and it is also a tragedy in terms of the light it has shone on the dysfunctionality of many elements of our criminal justice...

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission: Motion (12 Jun 2018) See 8 other results from this debate

David Stanton: ...to the House that the skills and experience that Mr. Sullivan has gained in both investigative and oversight roles demonstrates why he is a most suitable candidate for appointment as a member of GSOC. It cannot be stated enough that the work GSOC does every day benefits the society we live in by instilling a public belief that accountability extends to all public services and to the...

Order of Business (12 Jun 2018)

Róisín Shortall: Tuesday’s business shall be No. 6, motion re appointment of member to GSOC; and No. 23, Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 - Report and Final Stages (resumed). Private Members’ business shall be No. 179, motion re inquiry into the death of Shane O’Farrell, selected by Fianna Fáil. Wednesday’s business shall be No. 7, motion re Offences against the State...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Reports (12 Jun 2018) See 1 other result from this answer

Micheál Martin: 444. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if he has met a family (details supplied) following the publishing of the GSOC report in regard to the way in which complaints were handled following the death of the family's son. [24669/18]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Oversight (12 Jun 2018)

Charles Flanagan: ...concerning the conduct of members of the Garda Síochána. It retained full responsibility for this function until Part 3 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 was enacted and the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) was established in December 2005. It was not until GSOC became fully operational in 2007 that the responsibility for receiving complaints...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Investigations (12 Jun 2018) See 3 other results from this answer

Micheál Martin: 483. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if he has examined the GSOC inquiry report on the death of a person (details supplied); the actions he is taking to address the issues raised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24668/18]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Ministerial Meetings (12 Jun 2018)

Charles Flanagan: ...of such proceedings. If someone is not satisfied with the manner in which their complaints have been handled by An Garda Síochána, then it is open to them to contact the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Office (GSOC). GSOC, as you are no doubt aware, is the independent body charged with receiving complaints from the public concerning members of An Garda Síochána....

Fatal Road Traffic Collision in County Monaghan in 2011: Statements (31 May 2018) See 14 other results from this debate

Tommy Broughan: ...still be with us. Shane's mother, Lucia, and family are bravely continuing to highlight ineptitude in the implementation of areas of road safety and traffic law and their grave dissatisfaction with GSOC's report into the investigation, a report that astonishingly took six years to produce and publish. However, the O'Farrells are not alone in this fight. As the Minister knows, I have...

Topical Issue Matters (30 May 2018)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: ...subcontractors under State procurement contracts; (8) Deputy Mick Barry - to discuss concerns about the adoption records of St. Patrick's Guild; (9) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - to discuss the GSOC report on the death of Shane O'Farrell; (10) Deputy Louise O'Reilly - to discuss the accommodation needs of St Michael's House, special national school, Skerries; (11) Deputy Michael...

Questions on Promised Legislation (30 May 2018) See 10 other results from this debate

Gerry Adams: ..., the O'Farrells have had to take on the State and been put through the ringer for the past six years or so. The Taoiseach is aware of the case. In a letter to me last September he wrote that, once GSOC had completed its work, the Minister for Justice and Equality would consider what action would be open to him. When the family met the former Taoiseach, Deputy Enda Kenny, he did not...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Garda Síochána (Amendment) Bill 2017: Discussion (30 May 2018) See 2 other results from this debate

Jim O'Callaghan: ...circumstances, was provided to the Policing Authority. There is sometimes, unfortunately, an assessment in the public mind that the Garda does not deal with wrongdoing or incompetence within the force effectively enough. I know it is the function of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, GSOC, to deal with complaints from members of the public in respect of the force....

Seanad: Order of Business (30 May 2018) See 4 other results from this debate

David Norris: ...at the time when the young man to whom I refer was unfortunately killed. It is quite extraordinary that Ms O'Farrell has had to wait six years for part of a Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, GSOC, report. That report does not name anyone or hold anyone responsible, so it basically leaves the O'Farrell family in limbo. They say they have not named anyone because of...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Protected Disclosures (23 May 2018) See 3 other results from this debate

Clare Daly: ...year ago that the investigations have concluded. The Minister for Justice and Equality calls these organisations to account. It is a fact that An Garda Síochána breached existing protocols with GSOC and refused to hand over files for five months. It is a fact that An Garda Síochána refused GSOC's request to sit in on the disciplinary hearings on behalf of four...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Garda Oversight and Accountability: Garda Inspectorate (23 May 2018) See 5 other results from this debate

...report we will do for the authority. We believe we can provide it with our expertise. The problem we would have in the future, if we became part of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, GSOC, or the Policing Authority, is around the level of trust we have when we conduct inspections. When the Garda Síochána Inspectorate conducts investigations it is not...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (23 May 2018)

Charles Flanagan: ...in the Garda Síochána is safeguarded and as such, it has extensive powers under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended. As part of its effort to keep the public informed about its activities, GSOC publishes certain information concerning its operations on its website on a quarterly basis. The most recent update shows that, between January and March 2018: -...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Protected Disclosures (23 May 2018)

Charles Flanagan: ...to bring alleged wrongdoing to the attention of the appropriate authorities. The Act also affords very important protections to persons making protected disclosures and specifically included the GSOC as a designated body for receipt of protected disclosures. The protections afforded under the Act include protection from dismissal and other forms of penalisation and for the protection of...

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