The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Brian Lenihan T.D., today published the third report of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate entitled "Policing in Ireland: Looking Forward".

Publishing the report, Minister Lenihan said: "This report is a comprehensive examination of the current state of An Garda Síochána and the recommendations made by the Inspectorate point the direction for the ongoing reform of our national police service.

I congratulate the Chief Inspector Kathleen O’Toole and her colleagues Gwen Boniface and Bob Olson on this report. Their wealth of experience from their international policing backgrounds is helping to make An Garda Síochána a world leader in excellent policing.

An Garda Síochána has in recent years embarked on a process of significant change aiming to improve its service to the community. There have already been major changes in the way the force operates and the programme of reform continues at pace.

I personally, and my Department, will continue to work to support the Commissioner and his team in achieving our objective of making Ireland a safer and more secure place for all our people."

The report deals with a wide range of issues including vision and change, organisational structures, police operations and police administration.

The report is available on the Department’s website

26 September 2007

Notes for Editors
The Garda Inspectorate was established in 2006 under Part 5 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.

The former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole was appointed Chief Inspector in May 2006. Ms. O’Toole is also a former Secretary of Public Safety for Massachusetts and a former member of the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland (the Patten Commission). The other members of the Inspectorate are Mr. Robert Olson, former Chief of Police for the City of Minneapolis, USA, and Ms. Gwen Boniface, former Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, Canada.