Garda Síochána Act 2005

Examination of certain practices, policies and procedures of Garda Síochána.

106.— (1) For the purpose of preventing complaints arising in relation to a practice, policy or procedure of the Garda Síochána or of reducing the incidence of such complaints, the Minister may request the Ombudsman Commission to—

(a) examine the practice, policy or procedure,

(b) report to the Minister within such period as he or she may specify on the results of the examination, and

(c) include in the report the Commission’s recommendations for achieving that purpose.

(2) The Minister may make a request under subsection (1) on his or her own initiative or following a recommendation by the Ombudsman Commission that the practice, policy or procedure be examined.

(3) On making a request under this section, the Minister shall inform the Garda Commissioner in writing of the nature of the request, including—

(a) the specific practice, policy or procedure to be examined, and

(b) the reasons for requesting the examination.

(4) The Ombudsman Commission shall—

(a) examine the practice, policy or procedure and make the report in accordance with the Minister’s request, and

(b) provide the Garda Commissioner with a copy of the report.

(5) The Minister may publish all or part of any report received under this section from the Ombudsman Commission.