Designation of Policing Authority Chairperson Requires “Urgent Review” says Rights Watchdog

  • 18-05-2015
  • Categorized in: Justice

ICCL press release

Monday 18 May 2015 

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed the publication today (18 May 2015) of the Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015.

However, the rights watchdog has called upon the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD urgently to review her proposal that the new Authority’s Chair be appointed by the Government without resort to an independent, merit-based, recruitment process.

ICCL Executive Director, Mr Mark Kelly said:

“From its inception, Ireland’s new Policing Authority must not only be, but be seen to be, wholly independent and impartial. The ICCL is reassured that the Minister for Justice has reiterated her commitment that ordinary members of the Authority will only be designated after a merits-based process, overseen by the Public Appointments Service.  The Council can see no legitimate reason why such a process should not also be used to identify the Authority’s first Chairperson.”

“The ICCL calls upon the Minister urgently to review her proposal that the Government should be permitted to hand-pick a retired public servant for this position without any competitive recruitment process.”

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties will be reviewing the new Bill over the coming weeks, with a view to preparing a submission to the Oireachtas Justice Committee on this and other matters.


Media contact:

Walter Jayawardene, ICCL Communications Manager, Irish Council for Civil Liberties


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