Written answers

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Department of Justice and Equality

Garda Promotions

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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91. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if a second competition for promotions to the rank of Deputy Garda Commissioner will be conducted; if he will review the existing criteria for the position in view of the fact that all recent applicants were rejected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46989/19]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois, Fine Gael)
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Under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the appointment of a person as Deputy Garda Commissioner is by the Government, on the nomination of the Policing Authority.

In accordance with that Act and following the necessary Government approval, the Policing Authority requested the Public Appointments Service to undertake a selection competition, after which the Policing Authority would nominate a person to be appointed to the position.

Following the conclusion of the recent open selection competition, I was notified by the Policing Authority that it had not been possible to make a recommendation for the post of Deputy Commissioner.

The Policing Authority has undertaken to consider the matter further in consultation with the Garda Commissioner and my officials. The Deputy will appreciate that I would wish to await the  outcome of that consideration before forming a view as to the most appropriate course of action, including whether to recommend to Government that another competition be undertaken.


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