This Agreement, which was signed on 20 November 2017 has been drawn up by the Department of Justice and Equality in consultation with An Garda Síochána , having due regard to the revised 2016 edition of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, and replaces the Governance Framework Document of 29 July 2016.

It sets out the broad governance and accountability framework within which An Garda Síochána operates, and defines key roles and responsibilities which underpin the relationship between An Garda Síochána on the one hand and the Department, the Minister and the Government on the other.

This Agreement reflects the current statutory position in accordance with the 2005 Act and will be updated as necessary, and at least every three years.