39. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the appointment process for the position of Garda Commissioner; if he has considered the concerns expressed by the Commission on the Future of Policing about making such an appointment before the commission has finished its work; and his further views on whether it might be premature to make such an appointment before that process is completed. (Question 51979/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: My question relates to the Commission on the Future of Policing. The Minister and his Government have put a great deal of store by the commission in terms of the reform of policing and justice more generally and in its ability to deliver significant change. If the commission is to deliver the kind of change hoped for by the Government, it is essential that it be given the proper space and time it deserves to finish its deliberations.
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45. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the recruitment process for the post of Garda Commissioner; the timeframe to fill the post; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51744/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Deputy Mick Wallace: It will be three months this weekend since the resignation of Nóirín O’Sullivan as Garda Commissioner. She was on leave before that, since 17 July, which makes it almost five months since she has performed her role. The Policing Authority told us on 11 September that it had commenced consideration of and research into the process to identify and appoint the next Commissioner. The Minister often points out that it is the Policing Authority which runs the appointments proce...

112. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the arrangements being made to recruit a new commissioner of An Garda Síochána; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51382/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 112 and 112 together.
The Policing Authority under section 9 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, has responsibility for nominating persons for appointment by the Government to the post of Garda Commissioner.
This will be the first time that the new legislative process is utilised and I have consulted with the Chair of the Authority about a process to identify and appoint a permanent Commissioner...

113. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans in respect of the recruitment of a new Garda commissioner; and the timeframe to which he is working. (Question 51391/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 112 and 112 together.
The Policing Authority under section 9 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, has responsibility for nominating persons for appointment by the Government to the post of Garda Commissioner.
This will be the first time that the new legislative process is utilised and I have consulted with the Chair of the Authority about a process to identify and appoint a permanent Commissioner...

104. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to appoint a Garda Commissioner before the work of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland is completed. (Question 47401/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware the Policing Authority under section 9 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, has responsibility for nominating persons for appointment by the Government to the post of Garda Commissioner.
This will be the first time that the new legislative process is utilised and I have consulted with the Chair of the Authority about a process to identify and appoint a permanent Commissioner to An Garda Síochána.  We are a...

1. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when a new Garda Commissioner will be appointed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44295/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Deputy Jim O’Callaghan: It is almost six weeks since the former Garda Commissioner retired. When will the Government appoint a new Garda Commissioner?
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50. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the manner in which the Garda Commissioner will be replaced; and when the vacancy will be filled. (Question 44242/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware the Policing Authority under section 9 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, has responsibility for nominating persons for appointment by the Government to the post of Garda Commissioner.
This will be the first time that the new legislative process is utilised and I have consulted with the Chair of the Authority about a process to identify and appoint a permanent Commissioner to An Garda Síochána. We are a...

225. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on whether members of the Policing Authority or the policing commission should stand aside from their position on either organisation if they are applying for the job of Garda Commissioner. (Question 40657/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 225 to 227, inclusive, together.
The Policing Authority under section 9 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) has responsibility for nominating persons for appointment by the Government to the post of Garda Commissioner, following a selection process undertaken by the Public Appointments Service. 
This will be the first time that the new legislative process is utilised and I do not believe that it...

226. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on whether it would be appropriate for a member of the Policing Authority or the policing commission to be a candidate for the post of Garda Commissioner. (Question 40658/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 225 to 227, inclusive, together.
The Policing Authority under section 9 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) has responsibility for nominating persons for appointment by the Government to the post of Garda Commissioner, following a selection process undertaken by the Public Appointments Service. 
This will be the first time that the new legislative process is utilised and I do not believe that it...

227. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on whether members of the Policing Authority should be part of the process of preparing the competition for the new Garda Commissioner post if they are actually intent on applying for the post. (Question 40659/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 225 to 227, inclusive, together.
The Policing Authority under section 9 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) has responsibility for nominating persons for appointment by the Government to the post of Garda Commissioner, following a selection process undertaken by the Public Appointments Service. 
This will be the first time that the new legislative process is utilised and I do not believe that it...

262. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on the appointment procedure for the appointment of a new Garda Commissioner; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41144/14 asked on 18 Nov 2014 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 262 and 320 together. 
The next Commissioner of the Garda Síochána will be appointed following an open competition which is currently being carried out by the Public Appointments Service.
This is part of a wider programme of comprehensive Garda reform which is currently under way, which includes the development of legislative proposals to establish an Independent Policing Authority and to strengthen ...

320. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when she expects to be in a position to approve the appointment of a Garda Commissioner for An Garda Síochána; if the necessary procedures to do so are in place; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44389/14 asked on 18 Nov 2014 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 262 and 320 together. 
The next Commissioner of the Garda Síochána will be appointed following an open competition which is currently being carried out by the Public Appointments Service.
This is part of a wider programme of comprehensive Garda reform which is currently under way, which includes the development of legislative proposals to establish an Independent Policing Authority and to strengthen ...

20. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the process to be used in the selection of the new Garda Commissioner; the number of applicants from outside the State to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35414/14 asked on 24 Sep 2014 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy will be aware that an open competition for the selection of the next Garda Commissioner is currently under way and an information booklet setting out all the details is available on the website of the Public Appointments Service. Applications are invited from any person who believes they possess the requisite competencies, skills and experience to carry out this very challenging role. The closing date for applications for ...

119. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when it is expected that the appointment of the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána will be approved; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36074/14 asked on 24 Sep 2014 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy will be aware that an open competition for the selection of the next Garda Commissioner is currently under way and an information booklet setting out all the details is available on the website of the Public Appointments Service. Applications are invited from any person who believes they possess the requisite competencies, skills and experience to carry out this very challenging role. The closing date for applications for ...

410. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reasons he gave an extension of time in his post to the former Commissioner Martin Callinan; the way he evaluates such requests for extension, in view of the fact that the previous Commissioner, who also sought an extension, was refused; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15082/14 asked on 01 Apr 2014 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): The authority to make an appointment to the position of Garda Commissioner is vested in the Government, as stated in section 9 of The Garda Síochána Act 2005 - “The appointment of a person to be the Commissioner of the Garda Síochána shall be made by the Government”. On 13 November 2012, the Government exercised that authority by extending the term of office of Commissioner Callinan to 7 August 2015. The previous Commissioner, Fachtna Mur...