Standards & Accountability

As part of its role, the Department is responsible for monitoring the enforcement of standards and accountability within An Garda Síochána. The main objectives within this area are:

  • to ensure relevant mechanisms are resourced and supported, such as the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, which identifies and addresses allegations of Garda misconduct, and the Garda Inspectorate, which provides expertise on the optimisation of resources 
  • to manage legal actions relating to allegations of Garda misconduct 
  • to handle compensation claims relating to An Garda Síochána under the Garda Síochána (Compensation) Acts 1941 and 1945


The Department was also responsible for the establishment of the Commission of Investigation into the Dean Lyons case, the Morris Tribunal and the inquiry pursuant to the Dublin Police Act 1924 in the case of Brian Rossiter.

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