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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# Garda Ombudsman

This month
May 2023
# Watching the Watchdog
Garda watchdog handing half of its cases back to gardaí to investigate
Solicitors, complainants and former GSOC staff voice frustration at slow investigations with few resulting sanctions.
Gardaí can “decide there is no breach, take no action and provide no rationale” when GSOC finds evidence of Garda misconduct
There is no appeal mechanism, even for serious criminal allegations against gardaí
Complainants told Noteworthy that they had lost faith in GSOC
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is GSOC fit for purpose?
Targets missed in at least 70% of GSOC complaints investigated by gardaí
Targets missed in at least 70% of GSOC complaints investigated by gardaí
A report by
Alice Chambers
Most cases handed to and completed by gardai last year exceeded time limits.
Median length of garda-led investigations has never been near the agreed timeframes
Gardaí investigating gardaí brought in to prevent GSOC becoming “snowed under” by “less serious” complaints
Last month
April 2023
# gsoc
Gardaí to investigate allegation that GSOC officer attended Hutch party last week
The matter is now being considered by Gardaí.
This year
# Garda Ombudsman
Proposal to block Gsoc searches of Garda stations 'seriously undermines' oversight, agency says
The Policing, Security and Community Safety Bill is expected to become law this year.
All time
# Whistleblowers
GSOC: Government must give greater protections to Irish whistleblowers
GSOC is to host a two day virtual conference on European whistleblowers.
# policing bill
Policing Bill grants Garda ombudsman 'almost draconian' powers, superintendents' group warns
The association’s annual conference begins in Kildare today.
# Ardnacassa
GSOC investigation launched after man and garda hospitalised following crash in Longford
The incident happened at the Ardnacassa estate at around 4pm.
# gsoc
AGSI 'disappointed' to learn of public complaints about gardaí who were not wearing masks
The Garda Ombudsman said it has received more than 70 complaints about enforcement of Covid-19 restrictions.
# Wexford
Garda who struck protester with baton during housing demonstration disciplined two years later
The protest took place at a hotel in Gorey in 2015.
# Garda Ombudsman
Superintendents reject Gsoc claim they could be accused of cover-ups in investigations of gardaí
Gsoc chairperson Judge Mary Ellen Ring said An Garda Síochana runs the risk of undermining public trust in the force.
# oversight
Gardaí 'hugely frustrated' at false complaints made to Gsoc 'without fear of prosecution'
A report this week recommended an overhaul of the system for dealing with complaints against gardaí.
# Annual Report
GSOC complaints: Uniformed garda 'smelt of alcohol' and draped arms around two women in pub
GSOC’s annual report was published today.
# Newcastle West
Garda Ombudsman appeals for witnesses to arrest of man in Limerick
Gsoc is looking, in particular, to speak to a woman who was seen leaving a nearby restaurant and the occupants of a dark coloured vehicle.
# fight for justice
Woman's rape claims against father and brother were 'shelved' by gardaí for 11 years
Alleged victim claims she was told gardai ‘forgot’ to send file to DPP.
# taking the pulse
Garda used internal Pulse computer system to snoop on new girlfriend
The abuse of the Garda information system was one case outlined in the Gsoc review of 2016 complaints.
# Investigation
GSOC is looking for witnesses to a brawl in Temple Bar
Around five men were involved in the fight in Temple Bar in the early hours of Sunday morning.
# Whistleblowers
Martin Kenny has met GSOC over his Garda malpractice allegations
Last week, Martin Kenny put forward a number of claims in the Dáil over alleged Garda malpractice in the Sligo-Leitrim district.
# Transparency
Garda Ombudsman says it's already investigated some of Martin Kenny's allegations
The Sinn Féin TD raised concern about alleged garda malpractice in the Sligo-Leitrim division.
# Privacy
GSOC says details of Clare Daly's arrest were leaked by gardaí - but no one will be punished
Daly was arrested in 2013 after a breathalyser failed to register a reading, but was later cleared.
# investigation underway
Man dies in Garda custody in Mayo
A GSOC investigation is underway.
# vexatious
If you make a trivial complaint against gardaí, it's unlikely you'll be prosecuted
Just 26 files in relation to bogus complaints have been sent to the DPP in the last ten years.
# Westmeath
Woman killed, four others injured in crash involving off duty garda
The deceased has been named as Jacqueline Wolohan from Coolock in Dublin.
# cleared
Woman who dodged bus fare claims gardaí 'snatched' her child
Gardaí have been cleared of any alleged wrongdoing.
# Dáil claims
Gardaí insist they ARE cooperating with probe into Clare Daly's arrest
Yesterday, the Dáil heard claims that gardaí had not been cooperating with the GSOC inquiry.
# Dáil claims
Gardaí involved in arrest of Clare Daly 'failing to cooperate with investigation'
Daly was arrested over two years ago.
# Tallaght
Man with gunshot wound to the head in critical condition after Garda pursuit ends in crash
GSOC is investigating.
# gsoc
The controversial head of the Garda Ombudsman is resigning
Simon O’Brien is taking up a new post in the UK next month after a turbulent spell as GSOC chair.
# Investigation
GSOC to investigate after van driven by off-duty garda struck a pedestrian
The incident took place in Limerick yesterday morning.
# Ballymun
Garda Ombudsman to investigate after young man who was in Garda custody died
He was taken to the hospital by ambulance but died at 4:30am.
# An Garda Síochána
Justice committee calls for single Garda Ombudsman
It also recommends reform of the complaints process, Garda training and formation of the Garda Authority.
# Clare
Three bystanders seriously injured after being struck by car in garda chase
It has been reported that one of the men lost a leg in the incident.
# no independence
Retired judge says victims are being 'further victimised' by 'guards investigating guards’
Gillian Hussey is a director of the National Crime Victims Helpline.
# Pulse
Garda Ombusdman now has direct access to Garda PULSE system
Previously, GSOC only had access to the investigations database under Garda supervision.
# Who polices the police
GSOC received 2,027 complaints last year
The Garda watchdog also opened three investigations itself.
# New powers
GSOC will be allowed to investigate the Garda Commissioner under new reforms
The government has announced a series of reforms to strengthen the Garda Ombudsman.
# cooke report
This is what Cooke found out about those three anomalies at GSOC
Were the Ombudsman’s offices bugged or not?
Fitzgerald has confidence in GSOC, says Cooke report is 'food for thought' for Shatter's critics
The Minister for Justice was speaking after the publication of the report into allegations that the offices of the Garda Ombudsman were bugged.
Cooke report into 'bugging' of GSOC headquarters to be published tonight
It is unknown when the report in to the bugging of GSOC headquarters will be published.
# blow the whistle
Shell to Sea calls for whistleblowers to 'expose malpractice and corruption' at gas project
The call comes after allegations last year from a subcontractor that Shell bribed local residents and gardaí.
# Guerin Report
GSOC and the Guerin Report: where the Ombudsman is mentioned
Where did GSOC fall down, and what is their response?