Minister of State James Browne seeks expressions of interest for appointment to new advisory Firearms Expert Committee

 

Minister of State at the Department of Justice James Browne TD has today announced that he is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for appointment to a new advisory body, the Firearms Expert Committee, to be established in the second quarter of this year in line with commitments under the recently published Justice Plan 2022.

 

Applications are sought for the roles of:

•          Chairperson; and

•          Ordinary member (two positions).

 

The Firearms Expert Committee will comprise five members in total, including representatives of the Department of Justice and An Garda Síochána. The Committee will be established on a non-statutory basis for an initial period of six months, which may be extended for a further six months at the Minister’s discretion, if required.

 

The Expert Committee will serve in an advisory capacity to the Minister, providing guidance on a wide range of matters related to firearms licensing in the State. In line with its Terms of Reference, the Committee will carry out an assessment of all types of firearms currently licensed in the State to determine their use under the existing licensing system. Based on this assessment, the Committee will make recommendations on the suitability of different types of firearms for future licensing.

 

The Committee will complete this assessment and report to the Minister within a short six month period. The critical expertise of the Committee and its recommendations will inform any future determinations for reforms to the firearms legislation and licensing regime within this jurisdiction.

 

Speaking today on the launch of the expression of interest process, Minister Browne said;

 

“Under Justice Plan 2022 we have committed to a range of actions to review and modernise legislation around firearms and explosives, including the establishment of a Firearms Expert Committee to examine the existing firearms licensing regime. The safety of the public is paramount to this, as is our objective of modernising criminal law and procedure to support the efficient and effective operation of the criminal justice system. I welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates and look forward to seeing this important work progress.”

 

Further information concerning the Firearms Expert Committee and the appointment process is detailed in the Expression of Interest available online at:

 

https://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/EoI_Firearms_Expert_Committee

 

The closing date of receipt of expression of interest is no later than 15:00 (Dublin Time) on Friday 29 April, 2022, and no late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

Any queries concerning this recruitment process should be sent to fec@justice.ie

 

Note for Editors:

 

Main duties of the Chairperson and ordinary members

 

Details of the main duties of the appointed Chairperson and ordinary members are set out in the application booklet.

 

Terms of appointment

 

The term of appointment of the Chairperson and the membership term for ordinary members is six months, which may be extended at the minister’s discretion.

 

 

The fee for the Chairperson is €8,978 per annum, paid on a pro rata basis. For ordinary members, the annual fee is €5,985 per annum, paid on a pro rata basis.

Travel and subsistence reimbursement in accordance with rates published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform from time to time for the Civil Service will be provided for essential travel.

 

 

Selection process

 

Information on the selection process can be found at the following link  https://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/EoI_Firearms_Expert_Committee

 

Firearms Expert Committee

 

Terms of Reference

 

·         To make recommendation on other matters that might be examined in the future.  

To examine any other firearms licensing matter or carry out any other relevant task the Minister considers appropriate during the Committee’s term.