Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (307)

Jim O'Callaghan

Question:

307. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí by rank that have been subject to disciplinary proceedings in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44519/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will appreciate, disciplinary matters within An Garda Síochána are governed by the Garda Síochána Act 2005 and the Garda Síochána (Discipline) Regulations 2007 and are a matter for the Garda Commissioner.

I am advised by the Commissioner that the below tables set out the number of Garda members by rank that were subject to disciplinary proceedings in each of the years in question.

Rank

2017

2018

2019*

Reserve Garda

1

1

0

Garda

174

152

122

Sergeants and above

15

14

14

TOTAL

190

167

136

* Figures for 2019 are based on information available to date, subject to change and do not represent a return for the year as a whole.

More generally and as the Deputy may know a review of Garda disciplinary arrangements, including the complaints process, is in line with the recommendations of the report on the Commission on the Future of Policing, and an action in relation to revision of the discipline system is included in "A Policing Service for the Future", the implementation plan for that report. A Discipline Review Steering Committee has been set up to oversee the process, and Terms of Reference have been agreed.

Question No. 308 answered with Question No. 292.