S.I. No. 392/2001 - Garda Síochána (Promotion) (Amendment) Regulations, 2001

I, John O'Donoghue, T.D., Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 14 of the Police Forces Amalgamation Act, 1925 (No. 7 of 1925) (as adapted by the Justice (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order, 1997 ( S.I. No. 298 of 1997 )), and with the approval of the Government, hereby make the following regulations:

1.       (1)      These Regulations may be cited as the Garda Síochána (Promotion) (Amendment) Regulations, 2001.

(2)      These Regulations shall come into operation on 9th August, 2001.

2.       The Interpretation Act, 1937 (No. 38 of 1937), applies to these Regulations.

3.       The Garda Síochána (Promotion) Regulations, 1987 ( S.I. No. 39 of 1987 ), are hereby amended by the substitution of the following Regulation for Regulation 6:

“6.      (1)      The selection of members for promotion to the rank of assistant commissioner shall be made in accordance with this Regulation.

           (2)      The Commissioner shall, not later than 15 days before the holding of a competition under this Regulation, provide each member (who, upon the date on which it is proposed that the competition will commence, will have served not less than 2 years at the rank of Chief Superintendent) with a description in writing of the role of assistant commissioner and a statement in writing of the competencies required for the carrying out of the duties of assistant commissioner.

           (3)      A member to whom paragraph (2) relates may apply for promotion to the rank of assistant commissioner; and a member who so applies is in this Regulation referred to as an ‘applicant’.

           (4)      A competition for promotion to the rank of assistant commissioner shall consist of an interview or such number of interviews, as the interview board concerned considers appropriate, of each applicant.

           (5)      An interview board referred to in paragraph (4) shall comprise -

(a)     the Commissioner,

(b)     a deputy commissioner,

(c)     a person nominated by the body commonly known as the Top Level Appointments Committee, and

(d)     a person nominated by the body commonly known as the Civil Service and Local Appointments Commissioners.

           (6)      An application for a promotion to which this Regulation applies shall be in such form as the Commissioner may determine.

           (7)      Each applicant shall be provided with copies of all reports, assessments, evaluations, notes and other records relating to him or her that -

 (a)   have been created, or

 (b)   it is intended will be referred to,

for the purposes of a competition under this Regulation.”

The Government hereby approve the making of these Regulations.


GIVEN under the Official Seal of the Government

9th August 2001.

Bertie Ahern                                        



GIVEN under my Official Seal

9th August 2001.

John O'Donoghue                               

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform


(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal interpretation).

These Regulations provide for changes in the selection procedures for promotion to Assistant Commissioner.