Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 5°C
corruption threat

Justice Minister publishes plan to counter internal corruption threat within An Garda Síochána

It contains actions to address recommendations of a Garda Inspectorate’s report last year.

THE MINISTER FOR Justice Helen McEntee has secured approval to publish an action plan to counter the threat of internal corruption within An Garda Síochána.

It follows on from a Garda Inspectorate’s report last year that examined the effectiveness of the force at preventing, detecting and mitigating the threat of internal corruption.

The Inspectorate’s report contained 34 recommendations aimed at strengthening anti-corruption measures and improving safeguards, including in the areas of:

  • Professional boundaries
  • The abuse of power for sexual gain
  • Conflicts of interest/business interests
  • Substance testing
  • Vetting
  • Discontinued court cases
  • Operation of the statutory exemption from fixed charge penalties in emergency situations.

The implementation plan, which contains actions to address each of the 34 recommendations, has been jointly prepared by the Department of Justice and An Garda Síochána.

While Minister McEntee noted that ““the vast majority of Garda members serve the organisation with integrity each and every day,” she cautioned that “the unique nature of policing means it is one which is open to the threat of corruption”.

She said the “report will help ensure that An Garda Síochána has the appropriate structures and measures in place to guard against that threat”.

Minister McEntee added that significant work has already been undertaken to counter corruption in the organisation and to “develop a culture where it safe and encouraged to speak up if you are aware of corruption or wrongdoing”.

“Clear policies and procedures are in place for reporting and dealing with wrongdoing,” said the Minister.

She added that the Justice Department will “continue to work closely with An Garda Síochána and the Policing Authority to ensure targets are being met and recommendations are implemented”.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel