Mr Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, today announced the appointment of Mr Brian McCarthy as a Confidential Recipient under the Garda Síochána (Confidential Reporting of Corruption or Malpractice) Regulations 2007. Mr McCarthy retired last year from the post of Secretary General to the President.

The Confidential Recipient, which is based on a proposal contained in the Reports of the Morris Tribunal into events in Donegal, will be available to receive in confidence reports of corruption or malpractice within An Garda Síochána from Garda members or civilian employees.

The Whistleblower Regulations provide for the Minister to appoint a Confidential Recipient in addition to internal appointments as Confidential Recipients which may be made by the Garda Commissioner from among the members and civilian employees of An Garda Síochána.

Announcing the appointment of Mr McCarthy, Minister Lenihan said "I am delighted to appoint Brian McCarthy to this new position. He is a man of the highest integrity and I wish him well in his new role.

Our police service must operate to the highest standards and the implementation of this system is a further measure to help ensure that corruption or malpractice cannot exist within An Garda Síochána.

Any member or civilian employee of An Garda Síochána who needs to report in confidence acts of corruption or malpractice can be assured that they will be taken seriously and extensive protections will be given to him or her."

The Garda Commissioner is currently finalising the text of a Charter under the 2007 Regulations. The Charter will set out detailed mechanisms for confidential reporting. When this has been finalised and approved by the Minister, Mr McCarthy and the internal Confidential Recipients appointed by the Garda Commissioner will formally commence their duties. It is intended that the Charter will come into operation at the end of March 2008.

11 March 2008