Internal Affairs comes under the remit of Human Resources and People Development and is headed by a Chief Superintendent. Internal Affairs comprises of the following sections, all of which are based at Garda Headquarters: Discipline, Complaints, Compensations, Health & Safety and Overseas Office.
Discipline Section is responsible for oversight of all investigations undertaken by An Garda Síochána under the provisions of the Garda Síochána (Discipline) Regulations 2007/2011 (Statutory Instrument Nos. 214 of 2007 and 620 of 2011), which came into effect on 1st June, 2007 and 22nd November, 2011. The purpose of these Regulations is to provide a code of conduct for all members of An Garda Síochána, which must be strictly adhered to. Any suspected breaches may be subject of investigation by Officers appointed pursuant to the Regulations. The penalties provided under the Regulations include dismissal; reduction in rank; temporary reduction in pay; caution and advice.
The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) was established under the Garda Síochána Act, 2005, as an independent authority tasked with investigating complaints against members of An Garda Síochána.
Members of the public who are directly affected by, or witness, misconduct by a member of An Garda Síochána may make a complaint. Complaints may also be made on behalf of that member of the public, by any other person, if the member of public on whose behalf the complaint is being made consents, in writing or orally, to its being made.
Complaints may be made directly to GSOC (contact details are available at www.gardaombudsman.ie) or by stating, giving or sending it:
a) to the Garda Commissioner;
b) to any member of An Garda Síochána at a Garda Síochána Station; or
c) to a member at, or above, the rank of Chief Superintendent at a place other than a Garda Síochána station.
The legislation provides that all complaints made against a member of An Garda Síochána are referred to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission for consideration.
On receipt of an admissible complaint, GSOC may, as it considers appropriate:
1) deal with the complaint by means of informal resolution
2) refer the complaint to An Garda Síochána for investigation by Garda Officers, on behalf of GSOC.
This investigation may be:
b) Supervised by a designated officer of GSOC.
3) have the complaint investigated by a designated officer of GSOC.
The relevant Regulations under the Garda Síochána Act, 2005 provide strict timeframes under which such investigations are to be conducted.
All applications for compensation under the Garda Síochána (Compensation) Acts 1941/45 are made by serving or retired members of An Garda Síochána to the Department of Justice & Equality and relate to injuries maliciously inflicted on the member, whether on or off-duty, in the course of, or in relation to, the performance by them of their duties as members of An Garda Síochána.
Compensation Section is responsible for processing all such applications for compensation on behalf of the Department of Justice and Equality, insofar as An Garda Síochána is concerned.
Health and Safety:
Health & Safety Section assists and advises the Commissioner with her statutory functions under the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act, 2005, including the development of policy, programmes and procedures relating to Occupational Health & Safety for An Garda Síochána employees and visitors to Garda premises. The Section also monitors the implementation, roll-out and compliance with such policies and procedures and other relevant Health & Safety legislation and Regulations, to ensure the safety of all members and employees of An Garda Síochána and visitors to Garda Stations and other premises in the Garda Estate.
Personnel in the Overseas Office are responsible for the deployment of serving members of An Garda Síochána on secondment to the United Nations, European Union and OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe) on peace-keeping duty overseas, in co-ordination with the Departments of Justice & Equality and Foreign Affairs & Trade.
Members are selected for such duties and appropriate training is provided for the selected members prior to deployment. A Head of Delegation is selected for the duration of the deployment, to ensure the members, who remain subject to the Regulations and Discipline code etc., of An Garda Síochána while deployed overseas, comply with same and to ensure and monitor the safety and welfare of the members while overseas.
Internal Affairs can be contacted at:
Tel: +353 1 6660000