498. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the appointment process for the Policing Authority chairperson will be an independent, merit-based, recruitment process; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20285/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Following an open process undertaken by the Public Appointments Service seeking expressions of interest, the Government has nominated Ms. Josephine Feehily as the Chairperson designate of the planned new independent Policing Authority. Ms. Feehily was nominated by the Government following an application for the position by way of an open "expressions of interest" process administered by the Public Appointments Service. In her capacity as Chairperson designate, Ms. Feehily is actively involved in the preparations to be made for the establishment of the Authority.
I published the Garda Síochána (Amendment) Bill 2014 on 19th May which makes provision for the establishment of the Policing Authority and it is available on the website of my Department at www.justice.ie.