The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Michael McDowell T.D., today said that the new promotion system for An Garda Síochána is now in place. 

The new promotion system, given force of law by the Garda Síochána (Promotion) Regulations 2006 made under Section 122 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, represents a further step in the implementation of that Act and in the ongoing reform of An Garda Síochána.

Commenting on the new system the Tánaiste said, "I am determined to see that the most capable and most deserving members of An Garda Síochána will lead it into the future and that the selection process for promotion will be, and will be seen to be, the very best available to achieve that aim. 

The new Promotion Regulations will bring about a significant modernisation of the promotion system within An Garda Síochána. They formalise the requirement for all competitions to be held in a manner which is

I intend that these principles, combined with additional external expertise on Garda promotion boards, will result in a system which reflects current best practice."

The new promotion system will be based on interview boards consisting of three people, two civilians and one member of An Garda Síochána. The civilian board members, one of whom will chair the Board, will be drawn from a panel approved by the Government and to which the Public Appointments Service (PAS) has a role in nominating suitably qualified persons. This represents a change in the balance of interview boards which to date consisted of two members of An Garda Síochána and one civilian. 

The new Promotion Regulations were the subject of discussions in the Garda Conciliation Council and were agreed with all the Garda Representative Associations.

The forthcoming Garda promotion competitions will be conducted under the new system. This year, these competitions, in addition to the usual level of promotions, will be promoting Gardaí to a number of the additional supervisory posts secured by the Tánaiste earlier this year. 

In June last the Tánaiste announced major increases in Garda supervisory ranks to strengthen the effectiveness of the Force. This increase of 526 promotion posts was approved to facilitate the expansion of the Force to 14,000 as well as developments such as the strengthening of the Garda Traffic Corps and the establishment of the Garda Reserve.

For more information, see S.I. No. 485 of 2006 - Garda Síochána (Promotion) Regulations 2006.


18 October, 2006