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Budget 2017 – Justice and Equality budget tops €2.5 billion

GOVERNMENT STATEMENT Tánaiste welcomes extra funding for Garda recruits, more civilian staff and sustained additional overtime in 2017 ·        Funding for building of new Forensic Science Laboratory to start in 2017 ·        Budget strengthens regulatory bodies, e.g., Charities Regulator, Data Protection Commissioner andPrivate Security Authority ·       […]

IRISH EXAMINER: New senior garda managers will help fill ‘critical vacancies’ says commissioner

The Garda commissioner said the appointment by the Government of 28 senior garda managers will “help to address the critical vacancies” in the organisation. Nóirín O’Sullivan told the Irish Examiner she would continue to work with government departments and the Policing Authority to ensure that “adequate and appropriate leadership capacity” was in place. The Government […]

General Secretary on Newstalk: “AGSI will not cooperate with Garda modernisation programme unless pay issues are addressed”

Middle ranking gardaí say they will not cooperate with a planned modernisation programme unless their pay demand is addressed. General Secretary John Jacob speaks to Newstalk Breakfast. Listen to the interview here A five-year modernisation plan was announced yesterday, including a €200 million investment in ICT. The force will strengthen its capability in areas such as economic crime, […]

IRISH TIMES: AGSI ‘will not engage’ with Garda reform until pay issue resolved

This article by Vivienne Clarke was originally published on IrishTimes.com Government cannot be ‘selective’ in implementing new plan, says senior Garda group The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) will not co-operate with a new Garda reform programme until the outstanding issue surrounding pay for senior gardaí is resolved, the association’s general secretary has said. […]

Tánaiste secures substantial additional funding for An Garda Síochána

Tánaiste – ‘We will fund whatever measures necessary to tackle this scourge’   The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, today announced she has secured Government approval for substantial additional funding to be provided to An Garda Síochána.     An additional allocation of €55 million will be made available for […]

Tánaiste announces new measures to tackle organised crime

· CAB powers to be strengthened; new legislation to target proceeds of crime · New Special Crime Taskforce will focus relentlessly on persons involved in gangland activities · Tánaiste to discuss transnational dimension of organised crime with international counterparts 31 May 2016 The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, today discussed with […]

President of AGSI calls for 10-year old whistleblower charter to be reformed

The President of the Association of Garda Sergeants & Inspectors has called on Garda Management and the Minister for Justice to immediately review the whistleblowing charter within the Garda organisation. Antoinette Cunningham says the 2008 Reporting Charter for An Garda Síochána is outdated and in urgent need of review. “We believe a consultative process should happen immediately to […]