Senator Bacik Welcomes Nomination of Josephine Feehily to Chair Policing Authority

Posted on November 13, 2014

Senator Bacik Welcomes Nomination of Josephine Feehily to Chair Policing Authority

I would like to welcome the announcement today that Josephine Feehily is to be appointed chair of the Policing Authority.

Ms Feehily has had an impressive career as a public servant, most recently as Chair of the Revenue Commissioners, and her long track record of achievement will stand her in good stead in this challenging new role.

The Cabinet this week gave approval for the priority drafting of a Garda Siochana (Amendment) Bill to provide for the establishment of a new independent policing authority, something I have warmly welcomed.

This Authority will be a vital component of the package of reforms to policing announced earlier this year by the government. It also comes in the wake of the positive announcement in the Budget of 200 new recruits for the Gardai, in addition to the 100 recruits who commenced training in September 2014, and the securing of €10 million for over 400 new Garda vehicles.

The establishment of the independent policing authority was a key commitment by Labour ahead of the last election.

In addition, it was one of the reforms recommended by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality in our report on a review of the Garda Siochana Act 2005, published last month.

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