Investigations in the public interest
The Garda Ombudsman may investigate matters in relation to the conduct of gardaí, when it is in the public interest, even if a complaint has not been received. (Section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, provides for this.)
The Ombudsman Commission may decide to open such an investigation itself, or may be requested to do so by the Policing Authority or by the Minister for Justice and Equality. Following amendments in 2016, the Policing Authority or the Minister may also refer a matter for the Commission to consider whether it should investigate it in the public interest.
At the start of 2016, there were 17 such investigations open. Several of these had been requested in late 2015 from the Minister for Justice and Equality, on foot of the work of the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM).
Investigations by GSOC on foot of the Independent Review Mechanism
Updated: 21 February 2017
On foot of the work of the IRM, in late 2015 and early 2016, the Minister for Justice and Equality requested GSOC to undertake a number of investigations in the public interest. Their status is as follows:
|Investigation Type||Number||Status and Outcome|
|Investigations into criminal matters||6||Still open||4||Investigation undertaken and concluded. Insufficient evidence of criminal misconduct by a garda found to merit any further action.|
|1||Investigation started but discontinued due to lack of cooperation from the injured party and no other issues of concern.|
|Investigations into disciplinary matters||9||Still open|
|1||Disciplinary investigation undertaken and concluded, finding no evidence of misbehaviour by a garda – no further action taken.|