Garda Síochána Act 2005

Code of ethics.

17.— (1) The Minister shall, by regulation, establish a code of ethics that includes standards of conduct and practice for members of the Garda Síochána.

(2) Before establishing or amending a code of ethics, the Minister shall consult with the Garda Commissioner and may request the Commissioner to prepare and submit to the Minister a draft code of ethics.

(3) If requested to prepare a draft code of ethics, the Garda Commissioner shall consult with the following about the content of the draft:

(a) the representative associations established under section 18 of this Act or section 13 of the Garda Síochána Act 1924 ;

(b) the Minister for Finance;

(c) the Equality Authority;

(d) the Human Rights Commission;

(e) the Standards in Public Office Commission;

(f) the Ombudsman Commission;

(g) any other person or body appearing to the Garda Commissioner to have an interest in the matter.

(4) In addition, in preparing a draft code of ethics, the Garda Commissioner shall have regard to—

(a) the standards, practices and procedures applicable to the conduct of police officers in other member states of the European Union, and

(b) any recommendations of the Council of Europe.