Thursday, 3 June 2021
Department of Justice and Equality
An Garda Síochána
As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible, by law, for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including the recruitment and training of Garda members and staff. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.
The report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland concluded that the Garda Reserve is not utilised to its full potential. The Commission recommended that future recruitment to the Reserve should be paused, pending the outcome of a comprehensive strategic review, in order to examine how best to structure the Garda Reserve to meet the needs of An Garda Síochána. I am informed by the Garda authorities that this review has been concluded and that the Garda Reserve Strategy has been approved this week and will form the basis for further development of this important aspect of the Garda workforce.