Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (740)

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

862 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform his views regarding appointing an ombudsman for the Garda Síochána, particularly following a programme (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1374/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The Government is already committed to the establishment of a new body, which will have comprehensive powers of investigation, to deal with complaints against members of an Garda Síochána. The drafting of the Bill, which will also provide a statutory basis for management, performance and accountability in the Garda Síochána, is at an advanced stage, and I intend to publish it shortly.