Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015


Number 49 of 2015




Preliminary and General


1. Short title, collective citation, construction and commencement

2. Definitions

3. Amendment of section 3(1) of Principal Act

4. Security services

5. Policing principles

6. Amendment of section 5 of Principal Act

7. Repeals


Personnel and Organisation of Garda Síochána

8. Appointment of Garda Commissioner

9. Appointment of Deputy Garda Commissioners

10. Removal of Garda Commissioner, Deputy Garda Commissioner and members of certain other ranks from office

11. Amendment of section 12 of Principal Act

12. Appointment of members to ranks of Assistant Garda Commissioner, chief superintendent and superintendent

13. Steps to be taken before removal from office by Authority of members of certain ranks

14. Amendment of section 14 of Principal Act

15. Amendment of section 15 of Principal Act

16. Code of ethics

17. Amendment of section 19 of Principal Act


Roles of Minister, Authority and Garda Commissioner

18. Setting of priorities for policing services and security services

19. Amendment of section 21 of Principal Act

20. Amendment of section 22 of Principal Act

21. Amendment of section 23 of Principal Act

22. Amendment of section 24(2) of Principal Act

23. Amendment of section 25 of Principal Act

24. Amendment of section 26 of Principal Act

25. Amendment of section 27 of Principal Act

26. Amendment of section 32 of Principal Act

27. Amendment of section 33(3) of Principal Act


Co-operation with Local Authorities and Security in Public Places

28. Amendment of section 34 of Principal Act

29. Amendment of section 35 of Principal Act

30. Amendment of section 36 of Principal Act

31. Amendment of section 38 of Principal Act



32. Amendment of section 40 of Principal Act

33. Amendment of section 41 of Principal Act

34. Duty of Garda Commissioner to provide information to Authority

35. Amendment of section 42 of Principal Act

36. Amendment of section 44 of Principal Act

37. Amendment of section 45 of Principal Act

38. Amendment of section 46 of Principal Act


International Service and Co-operation with other Police Services

39. Amendment of section 52(1) of Principal Act

40. Amendment of section 53 of Principal Act

41. Amendment of section 55 of Principal Act

42. Amendment of section 56(4) of Principal Act

43. Amendment of section 62 of Principal Act


Establishment and Functions of Policing Authority

44. Establishment and functions of Policing Authority


Matters Relating to Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and Garda Síochána Inspectorate

45. Amendment of section 67(1) of Principal Act

46. Amendment of section 81 of Principal Act

47. Amendment of section 90 of Principal Act

48. Amendment of section 102 of Principal Act

49. Amendment of section 102B of Principal Act

50. Amendment of section 103(1) of Principal Act

51. Amendment of section 104 of Principal Act

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

53. Amendment of section 117 of Principal Act

54. Recommendations in Inspectorate report


Regulations and Miscellaneous Provisions

55. Amendment of section 121(2) of Principal Act

56. Amendment of section 122 of Principal Act

57. Amendment of section 123 of Principal Act

58. Amendment of section 125(1) of Principal Act

59. Continuation of certain regulations and order

60. Amendment of section 18A of Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993

61. Review of operation


Enactments Repealed

Acts Referred to

Civil Service Regulation Acts 1956 to 2005

Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 (No. 23)

Companies Act 2014 (No. 38)

Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993 (No. 8)

Comptroller and Auditor General Acts 1866 to 1998

Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010 (No. 6)

Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005 (No. 2)

Criminal Justice Act 2007 (No. 29)

Criminal Law Act 1976 (No. 32)

Dublin Police Act 1924 (No. 31)

European Parliament Elections Act 1997 (No. 2)

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (No. 13)

Freedom of Information Act 2014 (No. 30)

Gaeltacht Act 2012 (No. 34)

Garda Síochána (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 3)

Garda Síochána Act 1924 (No. 25)

Garda Síochána Act 1958 (No. 14)

Garda Síochána Act 2005 (No. 20)

Garda Síochána Acts 2005 to 2015

Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013 (No. 33)

Local Government Act 2001 (No. 37)

Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1956 (No. 21)

Offences against the State Acts 1939 to 1998

Official Secrets Act 1963 (No. 1)

Police Forces Amalgamation (Amendment) Act 1926 (No. 10)

Police Forces Amalgamation Act 1925 (No. 7)

Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 (No. 33)

Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Acts 1921 to 2011


Number 49 of 2015


An Act to amend the Garda Síochána Act 2005 to provide for the establishment and functions of a body to be known as An tÚdarás Póilíneachta or, in the English language, the Policing Authority for the purpose of overseeing the performance by the Garda Síochána of its functions relating to policing services; to amend the provisions of that Act relating to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and the Garda Síochána Inspectorate; and to provide for related matters.

[18 th December, 2015]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows: