The new Programme for Government, Our Shared Future, commits to the rapid implementation of the recommendations of the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland (CoFPI) and to the introduction of the Policing and Community Safety Bill to redefine the functions of An Garda Síochána.
The Deputy will be aware that in December 2018 the Government published A Policing Service for our Future – the four year plan (2019-2022) to implement the Report of CoFPI. In that context the Government approved the preparation of a General Scheme of the Policing and Community Safety Bill as recommended by CoFPI. This legislation will provide for a new coherent governance and oversight framework for policing as recommended by CoFPI, including that An Garda Síochána should have a non-executive statutory board to strengthen the internal governance and management of the Garda organisation. The preparation of the General Scheme of the Policing and Community Safety Bill is at an advanced stage in my Department and will address those issues relating to the functions, composition and appointment of the non-executive board as recommended by CoFPI.