The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Michael McDowell, T.D., today signed the third commencement order under the Garda Síochána Act 2005. 

Making the order the Minister said, "The order, combined with the two previous orders made in 2005, means that the vast bulk of the provisions of the Act have been commenced and represents huge progress in implementing the Garda Síochána Act 2005.

The full implementation of the Garda Síochána Act is a key priority of mine and the recent Review of the Implementation of the Act undertaken by Senator Hayes' group showed that huge progress has been made on this front.

The passing of the Act and its speedy implementation which is underpinned by unprecedented financial resources for Garda Síochána proves beyond doubt that this Government is committed to the process of Garda reform and that reform is progressing at pace."

The Minister said that the order, which comes into effect on 31 March, repeals the main Garda Síochána Acts of 1924 and 1925 and brings in new provisions relating to the continuation of An Garda Síochána as a police service under the Act's provisions, with particular reference to a new modern statement about:

The Order also provides for:

10 March, 2006