Garda Síochána Act 2005

Functions of Garda Commissioner.

26.— (1) Subject to this Act and the regulations, the Garda Commissioner has the following functions:

(a) to direct and control the Garda Síochána;

(b) to carry on and manage and control generally the administration and business of the Garda Síochána, including by arranging for the recruitment, training and appointment of its members and civilian staff;

(c) to advise the Minister on policing and security matters;

(d) to perform any other functions that are assigned to him or her by this Act or that may, by regulation, be assigned to him or her.

(2) In performing his or her functions, the Garda Commissioner shall have regard to the following matters:

(a) the objective of promoting effectiveness, efficiency and economy in the Garda Síochána;

(b) the priorities and performance targets in operation under section 20 at the relevant time;

(c) any relevant policies of the Minister or the Government;

(d) the strategy statement in operation under section 21 at that time;

(e) the annual policing plan prepared under section 22 ;

(f) any directive issued under section 25 .

(3) The Garda Commissioner is accountable to the Minister for the performance of the Commissioner’s functions and those of the Garda Síochána.