AGSI Welcomes Judge Mary Ellen Ring’s nomination as Chairperson of Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC)
AGSI Welcomes Nomination of Judge Ring as Chairperson of GSOC
The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has welcomed the nomination of Judge Mary Ellen Ring as the new Chairperson of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.
Speaking this afternoon General Secretary, John Redmond said:
“The AGSI would like to extend our congratulations and good wishes to Judge Ring in her new role. We welcome Judge Ring’s nomination as she will bring a wealth of experience and an astute understanding of policing to the role of Chairperson of GSOC.’
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD announced (30 June 2015) that the Government has nominated Judge Mary Ellen Ring to be Chairperson of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission following her nomination for appointment to the High Court. The previous Chairperson of the Ombudsman Commission, Simon O’Brien, resigned his office with effect from 30 January 2015.
The Minister said “It is vital that the public has strong confidence in the Garda Síochána and the system of oversight of the Garda Síochána. The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission is a vital part of our policing architecture. This Government is, at present, implementing a comprehensive programme of reform in the areas of policing and justice, and an important part of this is recent legislation which enhances the remit of GSOC. ”
The Minister continued “I’m delighted that Ms Justice Ring has accepted the nomination to be Chairperson of GSOC. Ms Justice Ring will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position of Chairperson and I look forward to working with her during her term of office.”
As required by the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the nomination will now go to both Houses of the Oireachtas for approval before formal appointment by the President.