312. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the new Garda authority will be fully functional; if all internal competitions for Garda promotions will now be conducted by this authority; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8841/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will be aware, the drafting of a Bill to provide for the establishment of the new Policing Authority is being progressed on a priority basis. In this context, the functions of the Authority are being addressed.