ICCL Statement on Publication of Draft Policing Authority legislation

  • 07-11-2014
  • Categorized in: Justice

Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) press statement

Friday, 7 November 2014

Today (Friday 7 November 2014), Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald published draft legislation for the establishment of a new Policing Authority.

Commenting on the draft legislation, ICCL Director Mr. Mark Kelly said:

"The ICCL welcomes the publication of this important draft legislation, but regrets that the Minister appears to be intent on retaining provisions that will create a two-speed appointments process: opaque/ politicised for the chairperson and open/ transparent for the other eight members. Taken together with provisions that would install the Minister as the referee between the Policing Authority and An Garda Síochána in relation to the definition of security matters, these create the clear impression that the Department of Justice is not yet prepared to relinquish its political control of policing to a wholly independent authority".

ENDS

Walter Jayawardene

Communications Manager

Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Tel. + 353 1 799 4503

Mob: +353 87 9981574   

E-mail  walter.jayawardene@iccl.ie

 

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