Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Garda Disciplinary Proceedings

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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428. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number and rank of members of An Garda Síochána that are suspended from duty by Garda division; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5571/20]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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The Garda Commissioner is responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána including personnel/human resources and operational matters.  Moreover, disciplinary matters within An Garda Síochána are governed by the Garda Síochána Act 2005 and the Garda Síochána (Discipline) Regulations 2007 and are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and not for me as Minister.

In the circumstances, it would not be appropriate for me to comment in detail on internal Garda disciplinary matters. 

I have been advised by the Garda authorities that as of 8 May 2020, a total of 46 members of An Garda Síochána were suspended from duty. This consists of 0.3% of the Garda workforce including sworn Garda members and reserve gardaí. It would not be appropriate to provide a breakdown by Garda Division as, given the low numbers involved, there is a risk that individuals might be identifiable.

The following table, furnished to me by the Garda authorities, details the number of members by rank who are suspended from duty, as of 8 May 2020:

Rank Number Suspended
Sergeant & Above 6
Garda 38
Reserve Garda 2
Total 46

More generally, and as the Deputy may know, a review of Garda disciplinary arrangements, including the complaints process, is in line with the recommendations of the report on the Commission on the Future of Policing. An action in relation to revision of the discipline system is included in "A Policing Service for the Future", the implementation plan for that report.  A Discipline Review Steering Committee has been set up to oversee the process.

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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429. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number and rank of members of An Garda Síochána that are suspended from duty and are also subject to an internal disciplinary process by Garda division; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5572/20]

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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430. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number and rank of members of An Garda Síochána that are the subject of an internal disciplinary process by Garda division; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5573/20]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 429 and 430 together.

The Garda Commissioner is responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána including personnel/human resources and operational matters.  Moreover, disciplinary matters within An Garda Síochána are governed by the Garda Síochána Act 2005 and the Garda Síochána (Discipline) Regulations 2007 and are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and not for me as Minister.

I have requested a report from the Commissioner in relation to the matter referred to by the Deputy and I will write to him directly when I receive it.

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