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In October 2015 An Garda Síochána became subject to Freedom of Information under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI Act). Under Part 1(n) of Schedule 1 of the FOI Act, a number of agencies were defined as “partially included” and An Garda Síochána is listed as one of them. The Freedom of Information Office is based in Athlumney House, Navan, is headed by a Superintendent and contains a further six staff.

The FOI Act provides access by the public to records held by FOI Bodies while balancing the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals. In order to achieve this, the FOI Act sets out the rights and responsibilities for both the requester and the FOI bodies. In addition, it provides certain exemptions that may be applied to the records subject to an FOI request.

Section 42 of the FOI Act places restrictions on certain records held by An Garda Síochána. Please see the Exemptions section for details.

Part 1(n) of Schedule 1 of the FOI Act states that An Garda Síochána is subject to the Act in relation to “administrative records relating to human resources, finance or procurement matters" only.

The term "administrative records" is understood to mean records relating to the processes of running and managing a business or organisation. As a result the FOI Act excludes operational policing matters such as the prevention and detection of crimes.

Requests from members of the public relating to personal information held by An Garda Síochána should be addressed to the Data Protection Office.

An Garda Síochána has published a Code of Practice for Freedom of Information requests which can be viewed here.

In keeping with FOI Act, An Garda Síochána provides information about the organisation and its activities via the Publication Scheme and also provides access to the decisions made on requests for non personal information through our Decision Log. The website also provides information about the organisation not included by the FOI Act.

If you are considering submitting a request for information it may be useful to review these sections as the information you require may already be available.

When making your request, you should state that you are making your request under the FOI Act. Your request should also be as specific as possible to assist us in identifying the related records and, if possible, indicate a time-frame which applies to your request (e.g. all of 2015, January 2016 to July 2016). The FOI Act only applies to records created by An Garda Síochána from 21st April, 2008. 

Please also indicate whether you seek records for Human Resources, Finance, or Procurement.

You may find it useful to use the standard FOI Application form available in English or Irish.  

Requests can be sent to:                                                                         

Freedom of Information Office, An Garda Síochána, Athlumney House, IDA Business Park, Johnstown, Navan, Co Meath, C15 DR90

Or by Email to: foi@garda.ie

If your require any further information or assistance in making a request you can contact us at the email address above or by telephone at +353 46 9036350.

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The exemptions granted include records held or created by the Garda Síochána that relate to any of the following:

• the Emergency Response Unit

• the Secret Service Fund maintained by it

• the Special Detective Unit (SDU)

• the witness protection programme sponsored by it

• the Security and Intelligence Section

• the management and use of covert intelligence operations

• the Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunications  Messages (Regulation) Act 1993

• the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005

• the Criminal Justice (Surveillance) Act 2009

• the Communications (Retention of Data Act) 2001

• a record held by the Criminal Assets Bureau

• a record relating to an inquiry within the meaning of Section 42 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005, other than a record relating to the appointment of a person to conduct and/or a record relating to the expenses or other matters concerning the general administration of an inquiry under that section.

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In our Decision Log we publish a list of all our responses to Freedom of Information Requests (excluding requests for personal information) from the commencement date 14th October 2015.

The Decision Log is divided in to the three areas we can provide data for under the Freedom of Information Act, 2014 and requests handled directly by the Freedom of Information Office.

If you are considering submitting a request for information you can review our decisions to see if your question has already been answered. You should also review our Publication Scheme as the information you require may already be available.

Finance – General

The Finance Directorate has the responsibility for the financial management of the Garda Vote as well as providing strategic and operational support and advice at all levels in An Garda Síochána.

2015 Decisions 

2016 Decisions


Finance – Procurement

The Procurement Section is responsible for the purchasing of goods and services for An Garda Síochána and ensures that all procurements comply with both EU Procurement rules and National Regulations.

2015 Decisions

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Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management has a vital role in An Garda Síochána in the recruitment and deployment of Garda staff managing the HR needs of more than 15,000 members and civilian personnel of An Garda Síochána.

2015 Decisions

2016 Decisions


Freedom of Information Office

The Freedom of Information office provides assistance and advice to requestors and the relevant sections of An Garda Síochána that fall under the Freedom of Information Act, 2014. In fulfilling this role the FOI Office responds to requests that are outside the scope of the Act.

2015 Decisions

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Internal Audit

The Garda Internal Audit Section is involved in audit and examination of the systems and processes in An Garda Síochána, providing an objective assurance and consulting service designed to add value and improve the organisation’s operations.

2016 Decisions

A range of information leaflets and application forms are available from your local station. Information on some of our key services is available from the links below:

The services include:

• Victims of Crime Services

• Crime Prevention Leaflets and FAQs

• Firearm Licensing

• Property in Garda Possession

• Property Found in Taxis

• Traffic Watch

• Safety Camera Locations & FAQs

• Fixed Charge Notices FAQs

Code of Practice for An Garda Síochána

  1. FOREWORD Data Protection Commissioner
  2. INTRODUCTION Commissioner of An Garda Síochána
  3. DEFINITIONS
  4. RULES OF DATA PROTECTION THAT MUST BE ADHERED TO
  5. AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
  6. AUDITS OF DATA PROTECTION PROCEDURES WITHIN AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA
  7. ENFORCEMENT OF DATA PROTECTION LEGISLATION

1. FOREWORD

I am very happy to be able to formally approve this Code of Practice under the terms of Section 13 of the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003. The Code is the result of intensive work by the Garda Commissioner and his staff, working in close co-operation with my Office. It is designed to give operational meaning to the principles of data protection set out in European and National law.

I am confident that the Code will make a significant contribution to improving knowledge and understanding of data protection within An Garda Síochána. I intend to continue to work closely with the Garda Commissioner and his staff to ensure that the guidance set out in the Code is followed in daily practice.

Billy Hawkes


Data Protection Commissioner

 

2. INTRODUCTION

We live in an information age and information in the form of data is essential to the business of policing. We all have a responsibility to use the information we gather both effectively and ethically. There is a fine balance between individual privacy and public safety.

In order to maintain public confidence in An Garda Síochána and the delivery of our service to the community, we must ensure that we work to the highest attainable standards. Our integrity includes both the way in which we, as members of An Garda Síochána and those of us working in the policing environment, conduct ourselves and the way in which we ensure the data we hold is compliant with relevant legislation.

The Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 have a significant role to play in supporting operational policing. The aim of this Code of Practice is to ensure each employee of An Garda Síochána has an understanding of the concepts of Data Protection and is aware of their own responsibilities. This, in turn, will assist An Garda Síochána in its compliance as an organisation.

Protecting our data is common sense. We need to ensure that data gathered and processed by An Garda Síochána is compliant with Data Protection Legislation. The reading and understanding of this Code by all employees of An Garda Síochána will go a long way towards meeting this requirement.

Noel Conroy


Commissioner

 

3. DEFINITIONS

Data Protection is the safeguarding of the rights of all individuals to privacy and integrity in relation to the processing of their personal data.

The Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2000 confer rights on individuals as well as responsibilities on those persons handling, processing, managing and controlling personal data.

Data means information in a form, that can be processed. It includes both automated or electronic data and manual data.

Automated Data means, broadly speaking, any information on computer, or information recorded with the intention of putting it on computer. Examples of this are entries on the PULSE System or any other electronic database.

Manual Data means information that is kept as part of a relevant filing system, or with the intention that it should form part of a relevant filing system. Examples of this are all traditional paper files such as investigation files and reports and statements as well as personnel and financial records and duty rosters prepared as part of normal operational duties.

Relevant Filing System means any set of information that, while not computerised, is structured by reference to individuals, or by reference to criteria relating to individuals, so that specific information relating to a particular individual is readily accessible. Examples of this in An Garda Síochána are Filing Systems for Court and Investigation Files, Fogra Tora, Bulletins, Bulletins issued by Criminal Intelligence Officers, etc.

Personal data in the context of the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003, means data relating to a living individual who is or can be identified either from the data or from the data in conjunction with other information that is in, or is likely to come into, the possession of the data controller. Examples of this are any report, statement, file or electronically recorded entry from which a living individual can be identified. An individual may also be identified by a unique pseudonym, a nickname, or some other characteristic or feature unique to them. In addition, it may also include a car registration held by An Garda Síochána and relating to a person. It also includes communications data (excluding content) and IP addresses held by An Garda Síochána and relating to a person. The Data Protection Acts do not apply to data that is anonymised to remove any personal data from it.

Access Request is where a person makes a request to An Garda Síochána for the disclosure of their personal data under section 4 of the Acts. Responses issued under the Data Protection Acts to Data Subjects should not be construed as Garda Vetting, Character Reference, Security Clearance or any interpretation of same.

Sensitive personal data relates to specific categories of data which are defined as data relating to a person's racial origin; political opinions or religious or other beliefs; physical or mental health; sexual life; criminal convictions or the alleged commission of an offence or trade union membership. Examples of this are files or entries containing details of allegations, prosecutions or convictions with regard to an individual. This type of Data would form a large portion of the overall Database held by An Garda Síochána.

Processing means performing any operation or set of operations on data, including:

  • Obtaining, recording or keeping the data,
  • Collecting, organising, storing, altering or adapting the data,
  • Retrieving, consulting or using the data,
  • Disclosing the data by transmitting, disseminating or otherwise making it available,
  • Aligning, combining, blocking, erasing or destroying the data.

This, in effect, means that every time a member of An Garda Síochána records an entry in their personal notes such as their notebook, on an official record such as the Custody Record; on a manual file such as a statement of evidence or incident investigation file; or on a computerised database such as PULSE, regarding a living individual or individuals who can be identified from the data, the said member is deemed to be processing the data.

Data Subject is an individual who is the subject of personal data.

Data Processor is a person who processes personal information on behalf of a data controller, but does not include an employee of a data controller who processes such data in the course of his/her employment. For the purposes of the Act this means organisations to which An Garda Síochána out-sources work, such as the payment of fixed charge fines through An Post. The Act places responsibilities on such entities in relation to their processing of the data.

The Data Controller for the purpose of these Acts is the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána.

PULSE is an acronym for Police Using Leading Systems Effectively. Pulse is an I.T. enabled Service Delivery Project. Pulse comprises of 17 operational and integrated system areas. e.g. Crime Recording, Processing of Prisoners and Traffic Management.

Employee Means a member of An Garda Siochana, a Reserve member of An Garda Siochana, all staff under the direction and control of the Garda Commissioner under Section 19 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005 and also including members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland who have been seconded to An Garda Siochana under Section 52 and 53 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005.

 

4. DATA PROTECTION RULES AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA MUST ADHERE TO

  1. Obtain and process information fairly
  2. Keep it only for one or more specified, explicit and lawful purposes
  3. Use and disclose it only in ways compatible with these purposes
  4. Keep it safe and secure
  5. Keep it accurate, complete and up-to-date
  6. Ensure that it is adequate, relevant and not excessive
  7. Retain it for no longer than is necessary for the purpose or purposes
  8. Give a copy of his/her personal data to the relevant individual, on Request

 

4.1. Obtain and process data fairly and lawfully

An Garda Síochána is legally entitled to obtain and process personal data, without the consent of the data subject in circumstances where personal data is obtained or kept for the purposes of preventing, detecting, or investigating offences, or apprehending or prosecuting offenders, where the seeking of such consent would be likely to prejudice these purposes. In all other circumstances to fairly obtain data the data subject must, at the time the personal data is being collected, be made aware of:

  • the identity of the data controller,
  • the purpose in collecting the data,
  • the persons or categories of persons to whom the data may be disclosed, and
  • any other information which is necessary so that processing may be fair.

To fairly process personal data it must have been fairly obtained in line with above:

  • the data subject must have given consent to the processing or,
  • the processing must be necessary for one or more of the following reasons and any one or more will apply to the performance of the functions of An Garda Síochána,
  • to prevent injury or other damage to the health of a data subject,
  • to prevent serious loss or damage to property of the data subject,
  • to protect the vital interests of the data subject where the seeking of the consent of the data subject is likely to result in those interests being damaged,
  • for the administration of justice,
  • for the performance of a function conferred on a person by or under an enactment,
  • for the performance of any other function of a public nature performed in the public interest by a person.

There will be circumstances when the purpose of information or data to be used is obvious. On other occasions it may be necessary to provide an explanation to the individual. An example of this would be where a Garda will seek the consent of victim(s) of crime to pass their details on to an organisation such as Victim Support or other similar support or research group.

In certain situations an individual has little option other than to supply information to An Garda Síochána for policing purposes. In such circumstances it may be necessary for the Garda member to notify the individual of any non obvious use of that information and take into account the individual's wishes regarding any additional use of the data.

The individual should be informed that a statement may be used during any subsequent proceedings.


4.2 Keep it only for one or more specified, explicit and lawful Purposes


An Garda Síochána may only keep data for a purpose/s that are specific, lawful and clearly stated and the data should only be processed in a manner compatible with the purpose. An individual has a right to question the purpose for which An Garda Síochána holds his/her data and An Garda Síochána must be able to identify that purpose.

An Garda Síochána holds information for a variety of purposes. Much of this information is held for the investigation, detection and prevention of offences while other information such as the Keyholders Register, Administrators of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes, and the Electoral Register for instance are held for the performance of functions of a public nature and can only be used for these purposes.

It is also the case that An Garda Síochána obtains and processes personal data in the context of the administration of the organisation. Such data includes data required within an internal management context such as the personnel files of all employees of An Garda Síochána, duty details, operational directives and financial claims. All such information must be obtained and processed in compliance with the Acts and is not subject to the exemptions in the Act for the obtaining and processing information for the investigation or preventing of a criminal offence.

 

4.3 Use and disclose data only in ways compatible with these Purposes

Disclosure in the context of data protection is the provision of personal data to a third party by any means whether written, verbally or electronically.

The Act places serious responsibilities on every employee of An Garda Síochána not to disclose data in relation to any individual to any other individual who is not entitled by law to receive it. Personal Data is used within An Garda Síochána in the normal course of operational functions.

Any use or disclosure must be necessary for the purpose/s or compatible with the purpose/s for which the data is collected and kept. An employee of An Garda Síochána making a disclosure should consider whether the data subject would be surprised to learn that a particular disclosure is taking place. If the potential answer to this question is yes then there is a need to question the basis for the disclosure prior to making it.

In all cases the identity of the recipient of the disclosure should be established along with the specific purpose of the disclosure and the legal basis/power to disclose the relevant data. A record of all disclosures should be maintained. In cases where there is any doubt as to disclosure, or the status of the data concerned, a file should be submitted to Assistant Commissioner, Crime and Security for directions.

Examples of legitimate disclosures are;

  • disclosures of information held by An Garda Síochána to Law Officers, other Law Enforcement Agencies for the investigation, prevention and detection of offences, on the basis of Mutual Assistance Agreements, Interpol, Europol. To the Health Service Executive in respect of Child Welfare issues, etc. The Courts Service and other agencies with a statutory investigative/ enforcement role, etc,
  • a member of An Garda Síochána providing the registered owner details of a car to an injured party under the provisions of the Road Traffic Act or to a person legitimately representing their interests,
  • statements or information issued to the media which are managed within An Garda Síochána's Media Strategy as established within the terms of An Garda Síochána Code Chapter 17 entitled Media.

Accessing or Disclosing personal data for any purpose other than that for which it was obtained is prohibited. Examples of this would be an employee of An Garda Síochána:

  • accessing and/or disclosing details of the owner of a motor vehicle, the knowledge of which the employee had obtained as a consequence of their role within An Garda Síochána, to any other member of the public without the consent of the owner of the vehicle and where there is no legal basis for the disclosure,
  • accessing and/or disclosing details of any person's criminal convictions to a party not entitled to receive it, the knowledge of which the employee had obtained from PULSE, or other Garda Databases, another employee of An Garda Síochána, without a business need to be aware of the information and without the consent of the person who is the subject of the conviction,
  • accessing details of a person on PULSE for their own personal use. Members found to be in breach of this provision, may be committing an offence under the Garda Síochána Act 2005; the Garda Complaints Act 1986 and An Garda Síochána Discipline Regulations. Furthermore such members may be exposing themselves and the organisation to litigation from an injured party and proceedings against An Garda Síochána under the Data Protection Acts.


Disclosure through transferring personal data abroad

There are special conditions that have to be met before transferring personal data outside the European Union, where the receiving country does not have an EU approved level of data protection law. At least one of the following conditions must be met in that the transfer is:

  • consented to by the data subject,
  • required or authorised under an enactment, convention or other instrument imposing an international obligation on this State,
  • examples: Europol Act 1997, Schengen Agreement 1999 and the European Convention for Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters 1959, as amended,
  • necessary for the purpose of obtaining legal advice,
  • necessary to urgently prevent injury or damage to the health of a data subject,
  • part of the personal data held on a public register,
  • authorised by the Data Protection Commissioner, which is normally the approval of a contract which is based on an EU model,
  • the transfer is necessary for reasons of substantial Public Interest.


4.4 Keep Data safe and secure


Appropriate security measures must be taken against unauthorised access to, or alteration, disclosure or destruction of, personal data and against their accidental loss or destruction. The security of personal information is all-important, but the key word here is appropriate, in that it is more significant in some situations than in others, depending on such matters as confidentiality and sensitivity and the harm that might result from an unauthorised disclosure. High standards of security are, nevertheless, essential for all personal information. The nature of security used may take into account what is available, the cost of implementation and the sensitivity of the data in question.

The standard of security expected of all employees of An Garda Síochána includes the following:

  • access to the information restricted to authorised staff on a "need-to- know" basis in accordance with a defined policy,
  • computer systems password protected,
  • information on computer screens and manual files kept hidden from callers to offices,
  • back-up procedures in operation for computer held data, including off-site back-up,
  • all waste papers, printouts, etc. disposed of carefully by shredding,
  • all employees must log off from PULSE and other computers on each occasion when they leave the workstation,
  • personal security passwords must not be disclosed to any other employee of An Garda Síochána,
  • all Garda premises to be secure when unoccupied,
  • a designated person will be responsible for all the above within An Garda Síochána with periodic reviews of the measures and practices in place.

Every contact on PULSE leaves a trace and every employee should be acutely aware that all activity under their registered number and password on PULSE is recorded. During an Audit or Investigation procedure they may be asked to account for the reasons they accessed a particular individual's data at any given time and what they did with it afterwards. An Garda Síochána will ensure that appropriate data protection and confidentiality clauses are in place with any processors of personal information on its behalf.


4.5 Keep Data accurate, complete and up-to-date


Apart from ensuring compliance with the Acts, this requirement has an additional importance in that An Garda Síochána may be liable to an individual for damages if it fails to observe the duty of care provision in the Acts applying to the handling of personal data.


To comply with this rule An Garda Siochana will ensure that:

  • clerical and computer procedures are adequate to ensure high levels of data accuracy,
  • the general requirement to keep personal data up-to-date has been fully implemented,
  • appropriate procedures are in place, including periodic review and audit, to ensure that each data item is kept up-to-date.

The Garda Information Services Centre ensures the accuracy of information by:

  • using trained personnel to record incident details on PULSE through sequential questioning of the Garda member having regard to the requirements of the incident concerned,
  • reviewing each and every incident to a specified standard,
  • recording all phone calls from members of an Garda Siochána in connection with the creation and updating of incidents and comparing the information entered on PULSE with the information on the recorded calls on an ongoing basis,
  • developing and operating a Quality Process to ensure call takers and reviewers are operating to a high standard,
  • identifying areas where errors are most commonly made and providing training to eliminate those errors,
  • in addition District Officers and Supervisors as part of their Operational Functions monitor the details of incidents recorded on PULSE on an ongoing basis.

Section 6 of the Acts gives a person a right to seek to have personal data amended or erased where it can be shown that it is incorrect. Examples of this are the updating of court outcomes to show the exact situation at any given time and ensuring that all biographical data, especially name and date of birth of a Data Subject is correct.


4.6 Ensure data is adequate, relevant and not excessive


An employee of An Garda Síochána can fulfill this requirement by making sure they only seek and retain the minimum amount of personal data needed for the specified purpose.

To comply with this rule each employee should ensure that the information held is:

  • adequate in relation to the purpose/s for which it is kept,
  • relevant in relation to the purpose/s for which it is kept,
  • not excessive in relation to the purpose/s for which it is kept.

As an example, it is strongly suggested that members should stick to the facts when recording all incidents and not record unsustainable remarks, allegations or hearsay in relation to any incident or investigation. Opinions, except where evidentially founded, should not be recorded. A member should exercise discretion when seeking certain types of information from a data subject in a public place, e.g. date of birth.


4.7 Retain data for no longer than is necessary for the purpose or Purposes


This requirement places a responsibility on An Garda Síochána to be clear about the length of time data will be kept and the reason why the information is being retained. To meet this requirement An Garda Síochána will ensure that files are regularly purged and that personal data is not retained any longer than necessary.

All electronic and manual data will be retained in line with the Garda Commissioner's policy on records management in An Garda Síochána. For the purposes of retention, Data will be categorised into essential and non-essential files. Specific timeframes will be established in respect of the retention of all data contained on such files within An Garda Síochána. All members will be informed of policy in respect of data retention by way of relevant Garda HQ Directives and shall ensure that all data under their control is managed and retained in line with the Commissioner's policy as established therein.

As an example, all investigation files and incident records regarding Headline and Indictable Crimes and Incidents will be retained for 30 years as Departmental Records in line with the provisions of the National Archives Act 1986. Decisions in respect of the further retention of such files will be made on a case by case basis following the 30 year period as specified.


4.8 Give a copy of his/her personal data to that individual, on Request


On making an access request any individual, about whom An Garda Síochána keeps personal data, is entitled to:

  • a copy of the data being kept about him/her,
  • know the purpose/s for processing his/her data,
  • know the identity of those to whom the organisation discloses the data,
  • know the source of the data, unless it is contrary to public interest,
  • know the logic involved in automated decisions,
  • a copy of any data held in the form of opinions, except where such opinions were given in confidence.

An Garda Síochána has clear coordinated procedures in place to ensure that all relevant manual files and computers are checked for the data in respect of which the access request is being made.

To make an access request the data subject must:

  • apply to An Garda Síochána for access to their personal data under section 4 of the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003,
  • give any details which might be needed to help identify him/her and locate all the information you may keep about him/her e.g. previous addresses, dates of incidents etc,
  • pay the appropriate access fee.

Every individual about whom a data controller keeps personal information has a number of other rights under the Act, in addition to the right of access.

These include the right to have any inaccurate information rectified or erased and the right to complain to the Data Protection Commissioner. In response to an access request An Garda Síochána must:

  • supply the information to the individual promptly and within 40 days of receiving the request,
  • provide the information in a form which will be clear to the ordinary person, e.g. any codes must be explained in ordinary language.

Where an access request is being refused, the reasons for the refusal of the request must be clearly outlined to the Data Subject.

Method of Application Requests for personal data should be made in writing on the prescribed form to:

The Garda Central Vetting Unit, Racecourse Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Responding to Requests Once a valid request is received (as above), An Garda Síochána must reply within forty days, even if personal data is not held or an exemption is relied upon.

N.B. When employees of An Garda Síochána receive queries and files from the Garda Central Vetting Unit in respect of Data Protection access requests they should ensure that they are responded to promptly so as to enable the organisation to meet its obligations in respect of this 0 day rule.

Circumstances where Access to Personal Data may be denied An Garda Síochána is not obliged to disclose information in response to a subject access application if it identifies another individual. Information about a third party can only be disclosed if:

the third party has given consent to the person making the request


Or


in certain circumstances it is reasonable to disclose the information without the consent of the other individual.


In these circumstances, due regard will be given to a balance of interest of the parties concerned. In any event every effort will be made by An Garda Síochána to supply personal data in a redacted format to the requesting party.

Information may also be withheld where its release as part of an access request may be prejudicial to the investigation, detection or prevention of a crime. Where the release of such information would no longer be prejudicial to the above it will be released to a data subject.

Where An Garda Síochána is of the view that the release of personal data to a data subject as part of an access request may have a negative impact on the physical or mental health of a person it will be released to the person's General Medical Practitioner in the first instance.

 

Requests Made on Behalf of Another


Children Subject Access Requests can be accepted from a child if, in the opinion of the Garda Commissioner, the child has sufficient intellectual ability to understand the nature of the request.

A parent or guardian can exercise the right, and receive the reply, if:

  • the child does not have the intellectual ability to understand the nature of the request, and
  • the parent is acting in the best interests of the child and there is no information to suggest that the parents of the child are in dispute and where such release would be appropriate. An access request on behalf of a child will not be acceded to if it would likely be relevant to any ongoing abuse/welfare allegations that may involve the requester.


Agents


An Garda Síochána may receive subject access requests by agents such as solicitors acting on behalf of an individual. The Garda Commissioner will satisfy himself as to the identity of the agent and seek sufficient information about the individual he is acting for, to assist in establishing identity and locating the data sought.

The Garda Commissioner will seek written confirmation from the individual authorising the agent to make the request. All responses will normally be sent directly to the Data Subject at their home address as provided. Where a request is made for the information to go to a place other than the individual's home address, the relationship between the individual and the agent, will be a factor in determining whether to comply with the request. e.g. Client/Solicitor.

Disclosures issued under the Data Protection Acts to Data Subjects should not be construed as Garda Vetting, Character Reference, Security Clearance or any interpretation of same.


5. AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY


The Garda Commissioner Ultimate responsibility for the compliance of each employee of An Garda Síochána with the Data Protection Acts rests with the Garda Commissioner.

The Garda Commissioner will be responsible for:

  • overseeing the management of data protection matters within An Garda Síochána,
  • ensuring that reporting lines exist to allow other employees of An Garda Síochána to raise matters relating to data protection at a senior level,
  • managing the Organisations statutory obligations in respect of the Data Protection Acts including; compliance with the Data Protection Principles, registration with the Data Protection Commissioner and securing individuals rights under the Acts,
  • maintaining an up to date knowledge of Data Protection legislation and general developments in other relevant areas (e.g. Freedom of Information Act) and to ensure that this Code of Practice is disseminated and adhered to throughout the Organisation,
  • promoting data protection awareness through training, policy development, advice and guidance, ensuring that operating rules and general policy guidance in support of this Code of Practice and all matters relating to the Acts are available to all staff,
  • ensuring information and systems comply with the Data Protection Principles and that appropriate security arrangements exist to protect data, including where necessary, that suitable contracts are drawn up relating to the processing of data held for An Garda Síochána by third parties. e.g. processing for fixed charge penalty systems,
  • investigation and resolution of complaints made in relation to personal data and to assist where appropriate in the investigation of disciplinary and criminal matters,
  • providing for liaison on all data protection matters between An Garda Síochána and the Data Protection Commissioner.


All employees of An Garda Síochána


All employees of An Garda Síochána have a duty to ensure compliance with the principles of Data Protection as set out in Chapter 4 and will undertake to follow the provisions of this Code of Practice in accordance with Garda policy and procedures.

All employees of An Garda Síochána are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all data that they access, manage and control as part of their daily duties is done so in accordance with the Data Protection Acts and this Code of Practice.

Employees found in breach of the Data Protection Rules may be found to be committing an offence under the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003; the Garda Síochána Act 2005; the Garda Complaints Act 1986 and An Garda Síochána Discipline Regulations. Furthermore such members may be exposing themselves and the organisation to litigation from an injured party.

All current and former employees of An Garda Síochána, will be held accountable in relation to all data processed, managed and controlled by them during the performance of their duties in An Garda Síochána.


6. AUDITS OF DATA PROTECTION PROCEDURES WITHIN AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA

To ensure the quality of data retained by An Garda Síochána, and that access to and usage of such data is appropriate within the terms of this Code, each District Officer will, as part of his/her quarterly inspection and audits in line with the Garda Commissioner's policy, examine data under the headings of Quality Control; Data Accuracy; Access to Data; and Usage of Data.

In addition to this, the Garda Professional Standards Unit will conduct examinations and reviews of Data Protection procedures as part of their ongoing examination and review process.

Furthermore, external audits of all aspects of Data Protection within An Garda Síochána may be conducted on a periodic basis by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.


7. ENFORCEMENT OF DATA PROTECTION LEGISLATION


Data Protection Commissioner


The Act establishes the independent office of Data Protection Commissioner. The Data Protection Commissioner is appointed by Government and is independent in the performance of his functions. The Data Protection Commissioner's function is to ensure that those who keep personal data in respect of individuals comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Acts. In furtherance of this function, the Data Protection Commissioner will also have responsibility for monitoring the implementation of this Code of Practice.

The Data Protection Commissioner has a wide range of enforcement powers to assist him in ensuring that the principles of Data Protection are being observed. These powers include the serving of legal notices compelling a data controller to provide information needed to assist his enquiries, or compelling a data controller to implement a provision of the Act.

The Data Protection Commissioner also investigates complaints made by the general public in relation to personal data and has wide powers in this area. He can, for example, authorise officers to enter premises and to inspect personal information kept on computer or relevant filing system. Members of the public who wish to make formal complaints in respect of breaches of the Data Protection Acts may do so by writing to the office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Station Road, Portarlington, Co Laois.

Any member of the public with a more general complaint in relation to the behaviour of a member of An Garda Síochána should address their complaint to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. More information in this regard may be found at www.gardaombudsman.ie.

Individual Gardai in the normal course of their duties are not empowered to investigate breaches of the Data Protection Act(s). Members of the public who report breaches of the Data Protection Act(s) to individual members of An Garda Síochána should be referred to the office of the Data Protection Commissioner as outlined above or to access further information at www.dataprotection.ie.

Where employees of An Garda Síochána, in the normal course of their duties, become aware that an individual including employees of An Garda Síochána may be breaching the Acts or have committed or are committing an offence under the Acts, they should report the matter through normal communication channels to Assistant Commissioner, Crime & Security. A data controller found guilty of an offence under the Acts can be fined amounts up to €100,000, on conviction on indictment and/or may be ordered to delete all or part of a database if relevant to the offence.


Advice/Assistance


All files requesting advice and assistance on data protection issues within An Garda Síochána should be directed to:

Garda Central Vetting Unit/Garda Criminal Records Office
Racecourse Road
Thurles
Co. Tipperary

Tel: Lo-Call 1890 488 488/00353 504 27300

Office Hours: 9am-5pm Monday – Friday

Area Description Of Request Decision Decision Details
Finance - General How much has been spent on buying/renting drones since the start of 2013 Grant FOI-000007-2015 Decision
Finance - General How much has been spent on the purchase of tasers since the start of 2013 Grant FOI-000008-2015 Decision
Finance - General Request of details of any receipts of gifts, hospitality and/or sponsorship declared by gardai in 2014 or to date in 2015. Refuse FOI-000016-2015 Decision
Finance - General A list of external consultants hired by An Garda Síochána since January 1 2012 to report to the management on areas of finance, human resources or procurement. A copy of the reports produced by each external consultancy. The cost of the contract for each  Refuse FOI-000017-2015 Decision
Finance - General Any audits, reports or studies conducted or commissioned by An Garda Siochana on the provision of security by Garda at Croke Park, at the Aviva Stadium and at other private events, since January 1 2012.
Any records outlining the sums contributed to the force for the provision of such policing services overall, with specific figures for contributions from Croke Park and Aviva.
Could I also request the number of occasions in which An Garda Siochana provided policing services in 2014 and this at private events for which the organisers paid towards. 
Refuse FOI-000020-2015 Decision
Finance - General Request records of all credit card expenses incurred on official Garda credit cards for all staff at Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner and Executive Director level since January 1, 2014. Refuse FOI-000023-2015 Decision
Finance - General Details of how many garda cars and vehicles have been damaged due to officer or staff error in the past two years? 
How many garda vechiles have been damaged as a result of using the wrong fuel?
What was the cost of the above damage?
How many garda vehicles have been damaged during operations in the same time frame.  What was the nature of and cost of this damage.
Part Grant FOI-000030-2015 Decision
Finance - General Details of records outlining the annual policing costs at Dublin Airport for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and the first nine months of 2015. Refuse FOI-000034-2015 Decision
Finance - General I am seeking records outlining the money spent cleaning/maintaining/refurbishing holding cells and interview rooms in Garda stations in Dublin in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and the first nine months of 2015, with a breakdown of each garda station preferable.
In addition, I am requesting records outlining the reasons why the holding cells and interview rooms needed to be cleaned/maintained/refurbished.
Refuse FOI-000037-2015 Decision
Finance - General Records outlining the money spent/cost of deploying members of the Garda Public Order Unit to water metre protests across the entire Dublin Metropolitan Region in 2014 and the first nine months of 2015. Refuse FOI-000044-2015 Decision
Finance - General Details of all veterinary expenses relating to the operating of the Garda Mounted and Dog units from January 1, 2012 to date. Grant FOI-000056-2015 Decision
Finance - General Details of all newspaper purchases by and for the Office of the Garda Press and Public Relations Office from October 1, 2008 to date, broken down by title, including costs. Grant FOI-000057-2015 Decision
Finance - General All costs borne by An Garda Siochana, and not recouped from the promoters MCD, of policing the Slane concerts in the years 2010 to 2015, inclusive. Refuse FOI-000058-2015 Decision
Finance - General Monies received by An Garda Siochana from any company, organisation, charity, state body, community or group for policing of events such as races, concerts, festivals, rallies, sporting events etc.  A breakdown of amounts per event for the last five years. (2009 - 2014) 
The amount in overtime paid to staff and officers over the past 10-years broken down by year, division, event or operation i.e. official state visit, etc.  
Grant FOI-000060-2015 Decision
Finance - General The amount of money taken from the condom machines at the Garda College in Templemore from January 1, 2010 and January 1, 2015.
I also request the number of condom packets that have been sold in the machines at the Garda College in the same timeframe.
And I also request details of the types of condoms, including brand and, where appropriate, flavour sold in the machines in the Garda College in the same timeframe.
Refuse FOI-000062-2015 Decision
Finance - General All correspondence between the relevant Garda Commissioner and the relevant Minister for Justice on the following issues.
State funding to An Garda Siochana
The annual budget
The timeframe for this request is:
01/01/12-today's date.
Refuse FOI-000080-2015 Decision
Finance - General A breakdown of the 613 accidents involving Garda vehicles in 2014 to show the following
-the number that occurred when the garda vehicle was rammed by another vehicle
-the number that occurred when the Garda vehicle crashed during the pursuit of a suspect vehicle
-the number that occurred while responding to an emergency call
-the number that occurred  during routine patrolling
-the number that resulted in serious injuries to Gardai
-the number of garda vehicles that had to be written off as a result of the accidents
-the number of  accidents that resulted in claims for compensation from a) Gardai and b) members of the public
-The number of individuals who paid compensation totalling €89,913 to An Garda Siochana last year due to their role in the accidents. 
Refuse FOI-000083-2015 Decision
Finance - General Records, such as invoices, outlining sums spent on external media and communications advice in 2009, 2010, 2011,, 2012,2013,2014 and the first nine months of 2015. The records sought would cover each year individually, if possible.
The records would disclose the identities of the media communications advisors involved, their companies, the sums paid, a description of the service provided and the identities of those who were in receipt of the advice and/or media training.
I understand that bank accounts numbers, in cases where payments are made directly to accounts, may be redacted
Refuse FOI-000086-2015 Decision
Finance - General 1) The fixed assets register for An Garda Siochana (AGS) for 2014.
2) The log (ie list or names) of any audits carried out within AGS either internally or by external consultants in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 
Part Grant FOI-000095-2015 Decision
Finance - General I am seeking all records with An Garda Siochana in relation to the sending of gardai abroad during the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and to date 2015. ( Jan to October 26) Part Grant FOI-000100-2015 Decision
Finance - General I would like details and cost for any subvention paid by An Garda Siochana to internal sport or leisure clubs/societies run by members over the past five years.
Please include the name of the club/society and the amount paid by year.
Grant FOI-000101-2015 Decision
Finance - General I would like details of all foreign travel costs incurred by An Garda Siochana in the past three years.
I would like cost only relating to members of An Garda Siochana from the rank of Assistant Commissioner up to Commissioner.
I would like the details broken down by officer, destination and cost of trip (hotel, accommodation, subsistence).
Part Grant FOI-000102-2015 Decision
Finance - General I am seeking these records from Jan 2014 to November 2015 :
All records with gardai in relation to subsistence costs incurred by members of An Garda Siochana of the rank Chief Superintendent only.
As mentioned, these expense claims can include fuel, travel abroad, and overnight stays in hotels etc.
As also mentioned in our conversation, if there are records of expenses claimed by gardai of this rank in relation to food, can this also be included.
Part Grant FOI-000119-2015 Decision
Finance - General I seeking records of the stocking of vending machines in garda stations .
What food items are stocked in vending machines and which are most commonly re-stocked
What is the total cost of re-filling these vending machines- broken down by each food item.
These records would be from January 2014 to November 2015.
Out of Scope FOI-000121-2015 Decision
Finance - General I wish to request, under the Freedom of Information Act, a copy of all Statements of Interests filed in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 by senior staff for the purposes of Section 18 of the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995. Refuse FOI-000124-2015 Decision
Finance - General i) The amount paid in respect of a Public Attitudes Survey commissioned by An Garda Siochana in 2014, for which tenders were sought
ii) The total amount paid for garden maintenance services and ancillary services by An Garda Siochana during each of the years 2012, 2013 and 2014; which a breakdown of the figures according to Garda divisions or districts
Grant FOI-000131-2015 Decision
Finance - General A schedule of overseas travel expenses in 2014 and to date in 2015 to include a breakdown of destinations, cost of flights and accommodation, other expenses incurred, the reason (where possible) for the trip and the rank of the gardai who traveled. Part Grant FOI-000134-2015 Decision
Finance - General How much AGS have charged the GAA/or Croke Park for policing an All Ireland Final. Grant FOI-000159-2015 Decision
Finance - General All records relating to Garda resources and man hours including overtime in relation to the policing of the protest at the Kilkenny Central access scheme site in the summer of 2014.  Part Grant FOI-000160-2015 Decision
Finance - General Overall cost of operating the Garda National Drug Unit for 2014 and previous years Grant FOI-000165-2015 Decision
Finance - General Can you please detail for each of the last 3 Financial years the cost to support, maintain and develop the back office fine processing system for speed and red-light violations. Grant FOI-000180-2015 Decision

Requester

Description Of Request

Decision

Decision Details

Journalists

The overall amount received by Gardai in retirement lump sum payments in 2015 and 2014. The top 20 amounts received by Gardaí last year in retirement lump sums.

Partially Granted

FOI-000008-2016 Decision

Journalists

How much last year’s All-Ireland football/hurling finals cost in over-time for extra Garda man power in Dublin city as well as general operational costs.

Partially Granted

FOI-000029-2016 Decision

Journalists

The total costs of security for the Taoiseach on all domestic and international trips since January, 1, 2015 to January, 11, 2016.

Refused

FOI-000032-2016 Decision

Public

A list of agencies/companies that An Garda Síochána have charged for policing their events in the years 2013,2014 and 2015 where the amount exceeds €10,000. 

Granted

FOI-000033-2015 Decision

Journalists

The amount spent on food and drink by An Garda Síochána between 1 January 2015 and 31 January 2016.

Partially Granted

FOI-000039-2016 Decision

Journalists

Details of all costs including itemised receipts on programme shared with John Jay college in New York under the Gerry McCabe memorial programme, since 2014.

Granted

FOI-000044-2016 Decision

Public

Access to the Asset Register that is held by An Garda Síochána as per section 12 of the Freedom of Information act 2014.

Refused

FOI-000046-2016 Decision

Journalists

A sum total and breakdown by quarter and year of records held by your human resources department of the cost of the resources and manpower that have been channelled into fighting the Dublin criminal gangs specifically since Jan 1st 2010 to date.

Refused

FOI-000062-2016 Decision

Journalists

Information on all costs (including overtime, the use of Air Support Unit etc) relating to the policing of the funeral mass of David Byrne and Eddie Hutch.

Refused

FOI-000068-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of instances where Garda vehicles were damaged and had to be replaced in 2014 and 2015. The total cost of these replacements and a breakdown where possible.

Granted

FOI-000074-2016 Decision

Academics

How much income was generated from fines relating to parking in disabled parking bays in county Mayo in the years 2013,2014, and 2015?

Partially Granted

FOI-000078-2016 Decision

Journalists

The amount of money spent by An Garda Síochána to police the funeral of Eddie Hutch Snr. which took place in Dublin on 19 February.

Refused

FOI-000081-2016 Decision

Journalists

Details of payments made by An Garda Siochana to TV contractors/companies (EG - Sky) in 2015 and 2014

Granted

FOI-000082-2016 Decision

Journalists

The amount of money spent by An Garda Síochána to police the funeral of David Byrne which took place in Dublin on 15 February.

Refused

FOI-000083-2016 Decision

Academics

The total cost per year allocated for Gardaí to monitor CCTV in Limerick county in the years 2011 to 2015

Refused

FOI-000087-2016 Decision

Academics

The total cost per year allocated for Gardaí to monitor CCTV in Limerick City in the years 2011 to 2015.

Refused

FOI-000088-2016 Decision

Others

The amount spent by the Gardaí in overtime concerning the security operation around the funeral of the late David Byrne (over the numbers of days that the operation was in operation)

Refused

FOI-000089-2016 Decision

Journalists

The total fuel costs for An Taoiseach’s and An Tánaiste’s State car from February 4th, 2016 to February 25th, 2016.

Granted

FOI-000094-2016 Decision

Academics

The percentage of Gardaí deployed in the Dublin 15 area in relation to the rest of Dublin.
And Public satisfaction ratings from people in Dublin (if possible Dublin 15) in relation to the performance of An Garda Síochána in their area.

Part Grant

FOI-000099-2016 Decision

Solicitors

Overtime expenditure per month per Garda division for each month since January, 2008, to November, 2015, inclusive.

Partially Granted

FOI-000172-2015 Decision

Journalists

Request for  2015 internal audit into the NBCI & 2015 internal audit into the Cavan Monaghan Division

Out of Scope

FOI-000056-2016 Decision

Others

All records related to the Garda Mounted Unit & Garda Dog unit since January 1, 2010 until present - the cost of the unit, e.g: stabling, veterinary fees.

Granted

FOI-000091-2016 Decision

Journalists

Total expenditure on Operation Mizen by An Garda Síochána since its inception.

Refused

FOI-000092-2016 Decision

Journalists

Documents which describe the Financial Management System in An Garda Siochana.

Partially Granted

FOI-000111-2016 Decision

Journalists

 

How much the following events cost in terms of ‘non-public duty’ for extra Garda man power as well as general operational costs where possible and who An Garda Síochana sough payment from in relation to the ‘non-public duty’ costs?

Granted

FOI-000123-2016 Decision

Journalists

The application is for all records related to the Garda Mounted Unit and Garda Dog unit since January 1st 2012 to present date.

Granted

FOI-000118-2016 Decision

Journalists

The amount of money spent by members of An Garda Siochána on printed Christmas cards for the past five years.

Refused

FOI-000141-2016 Decision

Journalists

Costs of purchase and maintenance of Segways

Partially Granted

FOI-000132-2016 Decision

Journalists

The total amount of money paid out in compensation to members of the public for items missing from custody stores across the country in 2015 and the first two months of 2016

Refused

FOI-000135-2016 Decision

Journalists

Records relating to the filming of the BBC show “Top Gear” which took place in Kerry between 14/04/16 and 18/04/16

Partially Granted

FOI-000147-2016 Decision

Public

The number of additions to the Garda Fleet allocated to each Garda District in Dublin Region in 2015 and to-date in 2016.

Partially Granted

FOI-000148-2016 Decision

Journalists

The specific overtime paid out between January 1 2015 and September 24 2015 and a breakdown of what each region paid out in overtime between those inclusive dates.

Refused

FOI-000152-2016 Decision

Journalists

Copies of the results of all public attitude surveys conducted and the amount spent in 2015 and 2016 to date.

Partially Granted

FOI-000161-2016 Decision

Journalists

Request for all records relating to repairs made on garda vehicles.

Partially Granted

FOI-000176-2016 Decision

Journalists

The amount spent on garden maintenance services and ancillary services by An Garda Siochana in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Please provide breakdown of figures by garda division/districts/county.

Partially Granted

FOI-000183-2016 Decision

Journalists

Overall costs of operating the garda national drugs unit in 2016, 2015, 2014,2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.

Partially Granted

FOI-000189-2016 Decision

Journalists

Annual cost of the Garda Ministerial Pool in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

Refused

FOI-000190-2016 Decision

Journalists

How much has been spent on segways in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

Partially Granted

FOI-000126-2016 Decision

Journalists

Costs of All-Ireland football/hurling finals in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 and contributions from the GAA

Partially Granted

FOI-000187-2016 Decision

Journalists

Contributions received from organisations, business, etc in relation to the non-public duties of gardai/ policing events etc. for 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Partially Granted

FOI-000188-2016 Decision

Journalists

The amount paid for public attitudes survey commissioned by An Garda Siochana in 2014, 2015, 2016 (include those that tenders were sought).

Partially Granted

FOI-000191-2016 Decision

Journalists

All correspondence between the housing section of An Garda Síochána and the Office of Public Works relating to the accommodation at Harcourt Square

Refused

FOI-000212-2016 Decision

Journalists

Details of payments made by An Garda Siochana to TV contractors/companies (EG - Sky)  in 2016, 2015 and 2014

Refused

FOI-000179-2016 Decision

Journalists

The amount of money paid / the amount of money agreed/expected to be paid in respect of contracts for media training by An Garda Siochana in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Partial Granted

FOI-000180-2016 Decision

Journalists

Copies of all bills incurred by the Garda Commissioner up his/her travelling abroad from 2011 to date.

Refused

FOI-000217-2016 Decision

Journalists

A breakdown of payments made to companies for translating services between 1/1/13 –31/12/15

Refused

FOI-000219-2016 Decision

Public

Travel records for personnel travelling to the ISS World, held in Prague in 2014, between 2014-05-26 and 2014-06-13

Refused

FOI-000230-2016 Decision

Public

Travel records for personnel travelling to the ISS World, held in Prague in 2015, between 2015-05-25 and 2015-06-12.

Refused

FOI-000231-2016 Decision

Public

The amount spent on hiring out recovery firms to pick up vehicles that have been seized in the years 2014,2015 and to-date in 2016

Partial Granted

FOI-000242-2016 Decision

Journalists

Copies of any research or opinion polls to measure public attitudes to and levels of public trust in the force.

Partial Granted

FOI-000244-2016 Decision

Journalists

A breakdown of payments made to companies for translation services between the dates 1/1/13 - 31/12/15.

Refused

FOI-000248-2016 Decision

Journalists

How many new vehicles were assigned to  the three Cork Garda Divisions last year and so far this year and how many new vehicles are due to come on stream in the three Cork Garda Divisions by the end of 2016

Refused

FOI-000260-2016 Decision

Journalists

Agencies/companies that An Garda Siochana has charged for policing their events in Cork specifically during 2014, 2015 and to date in 2016, where the amount exceeds €5,000.

Granted

FOI-000261-2016 Decision

Journalists

Income was generated through fines in 2015 and to date in 2016 with a breakdown of what these fines were for the three Cork Garda Divisions

Granted

FOI-000262-2016 Decision

Journalists

The Garda overtime bill & hours nationally for the first six months of 2016 the first six months of 2015.

Partial Granted

FOI-000270-2016 Decision

Journalists

Payments for translating services between 2010 and 2012

Refused

FOI-000280-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of occasions in each of the past five years when officers used the wrong fuel to refill Garda vehicles

Refused

FOI-000286-2016 Decision

Journalists

Any type of vehicle gifted to a retiring member of the force in the past ten years.

Refused

FOI-000288-2016 Decision

Journalists

The amount charged to organisations for policing private functions/events in each of the past four years.

Refused

FOI-000290-2016 Decision

Journalists

Any type of vehicle gifted to a retiring member of An Garda Siochana in the past ten years.

Refused

FOI-000291-2016 Decision

Journalists

Records relating to the cost of selecting, training and running the Garda Special Crime Task Force

Refused

FOI-000292-2016 Decision

Journalists

Amount paid in overtime to Gardaí annually for 2015 and up to and including (if possible) August 2016.

Partial Granted

FOI-000300-2016 Decision

Public

Payments to contractors for crime-scene cleaning or forensic cleaning services by Garda Division 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Refused

FOI-000307-2016 Decision

Journalists

The amount that An Garda Siochana charged for policing the specific events.

Partial Granted

FOI-000309-2016 Decision

Requester

Description Of Request

Decision

Decision Details

Public

The amount paid in respect of contracts for media training/for the supply and delivery of firearms and related accessories/ total cost of bedding and feed for the Garda Mounted Unit/ number of class 'F' or full-size luxury cars purchased by An Garda Síochána in each of the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Partially Granted

FOI-000002-2016 Decision

Journalists

How much An Garda Síochána paid out last year in compensation claims, including legal costs, to members of the public.

Partially Granted

FOI-000030-2016 Decision

Public

The number of riot helmets, riots shields, anti-stab vests, Hi Vis Garda Jackets, knee protective pads, elbow protective pads that An Garda Síochána purchased in the years 2013,2014,2015 and to-date in 2016

Partially Granted

FOI-000063-2016.Decision

Journalists

The amount of money spent on the cleaning of crime scenes / the amount of money paid to cleaning contractors of crime scenes / trauma scenes in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

Refused

FOI-000067-2016 Decision

Others

Information about Garda visits to any of the "ISS World" series of technology sales conferences and trainings. Any communications between Gardaí and "Hacking Team","Cellebrite", "AccessData" and "Guidance Software".

Refused

FOI-000079-2016 Decision

Journalists

The total amount spent on the procurement of weapons by Gardai in 2014 and 2015.

Refused

FOI-000075-2016 Decision

Others

The total amount paid or payable under the contract pursuant to a tender advertised on 27th November 2015 for the supply and delivery of public order equipment

Granted

FOI-000131-2016 Decision

Business/ Interest Groups

Contract for provision of Personal Issue Body Armour providing Ballistic and Stab Protection to Gardaí

Refused

FOI-000169-2016 Decision

Journalists

Purchase order information for all periods since the publication of the Q1 2015 purchase orders report.

Refused

FOI-000196-2016 Decision

Journalists

I seek the release of all invoices received from Allpro Services since January 2013 and the details of any contract that is in place with this company.

Refused

FOI-000160-2016 Decision

Area Description Of Request Decision Decision Details
FOI Section Details of all staff working in Fermoy Garda Station on the day of September 12 and early morning September 13, 2015.
Details to include garda rank and shift hours worked.
Records should also indicate if any overtime was worked by any staff member and for
Refuse FOI-000012-2015 Decision
FOI Section A list of all reports and investigations carried out by An Garda Siochana’s internal audit unit since January 1 2014.
Copies of any internal audits relating to the procurement of services within An Garda Sciohana since January 1 2013.
Part Grant FOI-000022-2015 Decision
FOI Section Records outlining sums spend purchasing specialist eavesdropping equipment in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and the first nine months of 2015.
Records disclosing the make and model of the equipment purchased
Refuse FOI-000041-2015 Decision
FOI Section -Records outlining the budget allocated to the Special Detective Unit (SDU) on an annual basis for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, with a break-down of the budget regarding pay, sums spent on firearms, vehicles, and training being preferable.
-In addition, I request records outlining the number of individual gardai that are members of the Special Detective Unit (SDU) for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and the first nine months of 2015
Refuse FOI-000043-2015 Decision
FOI Section Please provide a breakdown of all recorded crime on a person —theft and assault between January 1 and September 30 2016 in the Dublin inner city metropolitan area.
Please provide a list detailing the number of incidents for each month and in the case of assault, if a weapon was used.
Out of Scope FOI-000064-2015 Decision
FOI Section Please provide details about how many civilians have been injured or killed by An Garda Siochana vehicles in the last three years, broken down by month and area. If possible, can this figure outline what proportion of these incidents occured during emergency responses and if there was an internal investigation in relation to the incidents. Out of Scope FOI-000065-2015 Decision
FOI Section 1) The number of requests for the cancellation of fixed processing charges for speeding that were received since the decision-making process was centralised in the Fixed Charges processing office in Thurles in September 2014
2) The number of requests for the cancellation of fixed processing charges for speeding that were granted since the decision-making process was centralised in the Fixed Charges processing office in Thurles in September 2014
3) The number of requests for the cancellation of fixed processing charges for speeding that were declined since the decision-making process was centralised in the Fixed Charges processing office in Thurles in September 2014
4) The reasons given for the cancellation of each of the fixed processing charges for speeding since the decision-making process was centralised in the Fixed Charges processing office in Thurles in September 2014
5) Copies of any further audits carried out by Gardai Professional Standards Unit on the operation of the new system for processing appeals against fixed charges for speeding in the  Fixed Charges processing office in Thurles (excluding the audit which was published in January 2015)
Out of Scope FOI-000068-2015 Decision
FOI Section - Number of arrests made at Airtricity League (formerly Eircom League) football matches from 1 March 2010 to 1 November 2010.
- Number of arrests made at Airtricity League football matches from 1 March 2011 to 1 November 2011.
- Number of arrests made at Airtricity League football matches from 1 March 2012 to 1 November 2012.
- Number of arrests made at Airtricity League football matches from 1 March 2013 to 1 November 2013.
- Number of arrests made at Airtricity League football matches from 1 March 2014 to 1 November 2014.
- Number of arrests made at Airtricity League football matches from 1 March 2015 to 15 October 2015
Out of Scope FOI-000069-2015 Decision
FOI Section The number of times that An Garda Siochana have visited XXXXXXX public house, XXXXXXX in each of the past 3 years; the date and time that Gardaí arrived at location; and a brief description why Gardaí attended this location eg; XXXXXXX Gardaí were requested to attend XXXXXXX on reports on persons being intoxicated on premises, at 22.00 Gardaí attended but removed a number of persons from premises and no further action was taken on this matter Out of Scope FOI-000076-2015 Decision
FOI Section - The amount of burglaries carried out in Co. Roscommon in each quarter of 2014;
- The amount of burglaries that were carried out in Roascommon in the first three quarters of 2015;
In the event that these statistics are not available on a county-by-county basis, I would like to request the same statistics for the Longford-Roscommon Garda Division.
Out of Scope FOI-000092-2015 Decision
FOI Section I would like details of the costs of security at the Garda Commissioner's home since she took office. Please breakdown the cost by manpower and installation costs.
I would also like copies of any correspondence from members of the public to An Garda Síochána relating to the security outside the Garda Commissioner's home. 
Refuse FOI-000104-2015 Decision
FOI Section I would like copies of all non-operational correspondence between the Commissioner's office and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald's office relating to rural crime since January 2015. Out of Scope FOI-000107-2015 Decision
FOI Section I would like copies of all correspondence between the Commissioner's office and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald's office relating to garda numbers and recruitment since January 2014. Grant FOI-000109-2015 Decision
FOI Section 1.) A full breakdown of all crimes reported on the campus of Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 as far back as 01/06/2013.
2.) A list of all crimes perpetrated by students and staff of Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 as far back as 01/06/2013.
3.) A list of any ongoing criminal investigations into students and staff of Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
Out of Scope FOI-000116-2015 Decision
FOI Section Seeking records of correspondence relating to the possible procurement of tasers to protect gardaí dating between 1st January 2015 and today, 3rd November 2015.  Grant FOI-000126-2015 Decision
FOI Section I was wondering then could you supply me with the details for the courses provided by both Garda Driving Section and public order courses available Refuse FOI-000149-2015 Decision
FOI Section The number of official complaints made by both male and female employees over sexual harassment.
The information should include details of:
• The number of complaints lodged in 2014 and 2015 to date
• Copies of every complaint and response to the complaint via email, letter and written notes of complaints made via telephone calls
• Details of the outcomes of these complaints
Part Grant FOI-000152-2015 Decision
FOI Section I would like to ask how many complaints of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment the Garda Human Resources department has received regarding issues between members of the force. (i.e. complaints made by one garda against another.)for the years 2012 to 2014 inclusive, and for the first six months of 2015. Part Grant FOI-000154-2015 Decision
FOI Section Garda agenda, reports and minutes arising from meetings of the Garda management team since 1st January 2015 in relation to the traffic Corp. Out of Scope FOI-000158-2015 Decision
FOI Section I would like to request all records and details of hoax and prank phone calls made  to the Garda Station in Ennis , Co Clare from 1st January 2010 to today`s date. Out of Scope FOI-000163-2015 Decision
FOI Section A monthly breakdown from 2013 to date on the number gardai driving garda vehicles that have been issued with penalty points.
A monthly breakdown from 2013 to date on the number of gardai who have been exempted from these penalty points because they were driving a car on garda duty.
Refuse FOI-000166-2015 Decision
FOI Section All correspondence in relation to inspection facilities at Dublin Port, specifically provisions for a controlled / sealed inspection environment for inspection of dangerous/sensitive cargo.
All correspondence in relation to your capability to carry out inspections at Dublin Port in accordance with EU regulations.
Out of Scope FOI-000167-2015 Decision
FOI Section Copy of briefing material prepared for the Garda officers who appeared before the joint Oireachtas Committe  on Transport, Sport and Tourism on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015. Refuse FOI-000173-2015 Decision
FOI Section I) how many people were arrested/cautioned for begging on Dublin's streets last year.
Ii) if possible, how many of those incidents were relating to non-Irish citizens.
Out of Scope FOI-000174-2015 Decision
FOI Section I would like to know why there is a constant Gardai patrol on XXXXXX just off XXXXXX. For most of September and October there was a squad car or unmarked car with a member of the Gardai in it sitting on the corner of XXXXXX and XXXXXXX Out of Scope FOI-000176-2015 Decision
FOI Section Freedom of information request made under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.
On the N87 between Swanlinbar and Bawnboy a speed camera van is sometimes in operation. I request
1. The number of days in each of 2013, 2014 and so far this year the speed camera van has been in operation in this area.
2. For the same timeframe as per (1), the amount of speeding offences the van has recorded.
3. The speed tolerance on the vehicles camera equipment i.e. the minimum speed a vehicle would have to be travelling at to receive a speeding ticket. All stretches of the road mentioned are 100 km/h. 
Refuse FOI-000178-2015 Decision
FOI Section I wish to make a request under the Freedom of Information act. The application is for all records related to the garda mounted unit since January 1, 2014.
Specifically I am seeking records relating to:
(a) the cost of the unit, e.g stabling and veterinary fees relating to the horses.
(b) the usefulness of the unit, i.e. the number of operations, if any, it was involved in.
Grant FOI-000181-2015 Decision
FOI Section Requesting a report to show the number of Garda call outs to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX , Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Out of Scope FOI-000182-2015 Decision
FOI Section I would like to request the following under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.
1) All emails and correspondences between the company 'GO SAFE' and An Garda Síochána relating to Purchase Orders made in the 3rd Quarter of 2014.
2) All contracts made between 'GO SAFE' and An Garda Síochána relating to Purchase Orders made in the 3rd Quarter of 2014.
Refuse FOI-000183-2015 Decision

Requester

Description Of Request

Decision

Decision Details

Academics

The current number of firearms officers in the Garda Police Force from 2012 till present date and the number of incidents where firearms have been discharged by the police
How many firearms incidents there have been in Garda force area since January 2012 and how many incidents firearms officers have attended?

Refused

FOI-000009-2016 Decision

Journalists

Copy of the report into the Garda GP system whereby serving Gardaí can reclaim GP expenses.

Granted

FOI-000012-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of requests made and amounts paid for telecommunications records for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010

Refused

FOI-000014-2016 Decision

Others

The accounts and payments made by the Department of Finance to the contractor who supplied and installed the 2008, €500,000 cost of supply, delivery, installation and maintenance of DRS (Digital Recording System) in all Garda Stations

Refused

FOI-000016-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of primary and secondary teachers who have been accused of having a sexual relationship with a pupil in each of the past five years.

Out of Scope

FOI-000026-2016 Decision

Journalists

All correspondence concerning the number of alleged sexual offences in Irish schools reported to An Garda Síochána in each of the past four years.

Out of Scope

FOI-000028-2016 Decision

Journalists

Complaints received by An Garda Síochána from members of the public between 1 January 2015 and 31st December 2015

Refused

FOI-000034-2016 Decision

Journalists

A figure for the total number of arrests made in Ireland in 2015. A breakdown of the number of arrests, divided by which Garda station those arrested were brought to following their arrests.

Out of Scope

FOI-000035-2016 Decision

Journalists

Copies of all internal audits prepared by or for An Garda Síochána since 1 January 2015 to date.

Granted

FOI-000043-2016 Decision

Journalists

All records relating to the administration and cost of Garda operations at the XXXXXXXX, Dundalk, Co. Louth created since January 1st of this year.

Out of Scope

FOI-000047-2016 Decision

Journalists

A copy of all contracts and associated documentation entered into with the Go Safe consortium.

Refused

FOI-000049-2016 Decision

Journalists

Information about all items which have been reported lost/missing or stolen within the Gardaí since 2011.
This should include a description of each item, the date it was reported as missing/lost or stolen and its value.

Refused

FOI-000052-2016 Decision

Journalists

Any policy, practice, law or guidance provided to Garda officers as to what are authorised signals to stop a vehicle at a vehicle checkpoint.

Out of Scope

FOI-000058-2015 Decision

Journalists

All correspondences/letters/emails etc between the Commissioner/Commissioners Office and the GRA since September 1st 2015 to February 16th 2016.

Refused

FOI-000064-2016 Decision

Journalists

All correspondences/letters/emails etc between the Commissioner /Commissioners Office and the An Garda Síochána Retired Members Association since September 1st 2016 to February 16th 2016.

Out of Scope

FOI-000065-2016 Decision

Journalists

Number of Gardaí deployed to the University of Limerick on Monday 15th February for the RTÉ Leaders Debate.

Out of Scope

FOI-000069-2016 Decision

Journalists

The list of Garda stations where they provide CCTV monitoring and the number of CCTVs they are monitoring.

Out of Scope

FOI-000070-2016 Decision

Others

Any documents pertaining to incidents of on-line fraud reported to An Garda Síochána, specifically, incidents relating to scams on classified advertisement/auction websites

Out of Scope

FOI-000072-2016 Decision

Academics

The number of man-hours Gardaí spent monitoring CCTV in Limerick county in the years 2011 to 2015

Refused

FOI-000085-2016 Decision

Academics

The number of man-hours Gardaí spent monitoring CCTV in Limerick city in the years 2011 to 2015

Refused

FOI-000086-2016 Decision

Academics

The total number of FOI requests that successfully obtained the intended information asked for.

Administrative Access

FOI-000093-2016 Decision

Others

Guidelines on the surveillance of journalists and other members of the public.

Out of Scope

FOI-000095-2016 Decision

Academics

The current amount of vehicles in the Garda fleet and the breakdown by year of registration.

Out of Scope

FOI-000096-2016 Decision

Academics

The number of people murdered in gangland related violence between quarter one of 2012 to quarter one of 2014 and between quarter one of 2014 to 2016.

Out of Scope

FOI-000098-2016 Decision

Academics

How many arrests were made on O'Connell Street, North Earl Street and surrounding areas in Dublin City Centre on the 6th February 2016

Out of Scope

FOI-000100-2016 Decision

Others

Any documents pertaining to Garda in Counties Limerick, Dublin, Cork, Galway, including the amount of money paid to police informers and the amount of cases solved with their assistance over the period from January, 2015 to March, 2016

Refused

FOI-000104-2016 Decision

Public

The levels of reported pick-pockets/theft in the Dublin City Centre area in 2015.

Out of Scope

FOI-000114-2016 Decision

Journalists

Statistics on reported assaults in which a stiletto shoe was used in an assault last year.

Out of Scope

FOI-000115-2016 Decision

Other

The name of the covert military/Garda operation being conducted over the sky's of Finglas & the reason for such an operation?

Refused

FOI-000119-2016 Decision

Journalists

Request for the type of goods (alcohol, cigarettes) number of and value of goods seized by customs officers from passengers and passengers’ baggage arriving into the ROI from the Canary Islands between 01/01/2012 - 23/03/2016.

Out of Scope

FOI-000121-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of firearm certificate applications made and granted in 2010 & 2015

Out of Scope

FOI-000139-2016 Decision

Public

The number of Garda Vetting applications submitted to the Garda Vetting Unit by XXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

Out of Scope

FOI-000145-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of cyclists who have received on the spot fines, have paid fines and have been & how many have been prosecuted since their introduction in August 2015.

Out of Scope

FOI-000140-2016 Decision

Public

Fraudulent registration of vehicles in the state i.e the number of vehicles involved.

Out of Scope

FOI-000151-2016 Decision

Journalists

PULSE and IT issues

Out of Scope

FOI-000155-2016 Decision

Journalists

Firearm offences and firearm homicides committed 2006 - 2016

Out of Scope

FOI-000158-2016 Decision

Journalists

Cases of Necrophilia/Interference with Corpse and Theft of a Corpse/ Human Body were recorded between 1996 to 2016 (March).

Out of Scope

FOI-000159-2016 Decision

Journalists

Correspondence between An Garda Síochána and representatives of the GoSafe Consortium in relation to traffic monitoring and enforcement during between 1 June 2015 and 31 December 2015.

Out of Scope

FOI-000162-2016 Decision

Others

The application is for the number of dogs and horses related to the garda mounted unit & garda dog unit since January 1, 2010 until present.

Granted

FOI-000137-2016 Decision

Journalists

The contract of employment of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

Refused

FOI-000146-2016 Decision

Journalists

Any research or opinion polls carried out by An Garda Siochana to measure levels of public trust in the force in the period 1 Jan 2015 to the current date.

Refused

FOI-000154-2016 Decision

Journalists

Copies of all replies issued by An Garda Síochána in response to Parliamentary Questions between November 14, 2015 and April 27, 2016 (dates inclusive).

Refused

FOI-000163-2016 Decision

Public

The numbers of the Sex Offenders Register.

Refused

FOI-000164-2016 Decision

Journalists

Request for details on a missing persons case

Refused

FOI-000166-2016 Decision

Public

The number of fixed charges for the Bailieboro Region in relation to violation of stop signs,  since Jan 2015 till the present date.

Refused

FOI-000170-2016 Decision

Others

The total number of preliminary breath tests conducted in Republic of Irelnd, total number of positive result or those who failed or refused to provide.

Refused

FOI-000171-2016 Decision

Journalists

Information on the amount of money gardaí paid out to people for tips and information over the last five years.

Refused

FOI-000172-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of taxi drivers that have had their SPSV licences revoked.

Refused

FOI-000175-2016 Decision

Journalists

Requesting the total number of road collisions involving cyclists in 2015 with breakdown.

Refused

FOI-000192-2016 Decision

Journalists

All records relating to items stolen from the gardaí for years 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Refused

FOI-000194-2016 Decision

Solicitors

All records concerning the operation of the fixed charge notice system for driving offences and Tico Mail Works.

Refused

FOI-000195-2016 Decision

Journalists

Request for  how much stolen property, broken down by type, was recovered by the gardaí of the Roscommon/Longford division last year.

Refused

FOI-000199-2016 Decision

Journalists

Information on how many motorists have been caught so far this year and in total during 2015 and 2014, who did not have motor insurance on their vehicle?

Refused

FOI-000200-2016 Decision

Academics

How many reports relating to the Public Order Act 2003 and 1994 have been made relating to incidents that have occurred on Dublin Bus, Luas, DART and Bus Eireann since January 2012 by An Garda Siochana.

Refused

FOI-000201-2016 Decision

Journalists

Senior Management Expenses and Salaries

Refused

FOI-000077-2016 Decision

Journalists

Staff Surveys

Refused

FOI-000103-2016 Decision

Journalists

Copies of all expenses filed by Ms Noirin O'Sullivan between March 2014 to October 2015.

Refused

FOI-000136-2016 Decision

Journalists

All internal reports on the Moral within the force, leaking of information to media/journalists,

Refused

FOI-000185-2016 Decision

Journalists

Annual health and fitness assessment in each of the past five years.

Refused

FOI-000186-2016 Decision

Journalists

Details, of how many impounded vehicles (cars, motorbikes, vans, etc…) seized by Gardaí so far in 2016 (June 3rd) were crushed/destroyed

Refused

FOI-000215-2016 Decision

Academics

We have been researching and documenting evidence for 40 years of a new burn injury classification - the Fifth Degree Burn - that is characterized by localized and near-total incineration of the victim amid absence of significant heat/flame damage

Refused

FOI-000222-2016 Decision

Publi

Request regarding the E.R.U. Uniforms and vehicles

Refused

FOI-000236-2016 Decision

Journalists

How many of the newly attested Gardaí have left the force?

Partial Granted

FOI-000232-2016 Decision

Public

Working closely with Transparency International Ireland and other similar organisations- due to recent scandals relating to An Garda Síochána.

Refused

FOI-000234-2016 Decision

Public Representatives

Details of holders of a Garda Collection Permit

Refused

FOI-000235-2016 Decision

Journalists

All correspondence concerning the number of number plates stolen from vehicles in each of the past five years.

Refused

FOI-000240-2016 Decision

Journalists

A breakdown of the number of Garda background checks carried out in the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 for taxi driver applicants.

Refused

FOI-000246-2016 Decision

Others

The number of allegations of rape or sexual assault made against taxi drivers in the past 5 years.

Refused

FOI-000249-2016 Decision

Journalists

Deaths whilst in prison investigated since 2006

Refused

FOI-000251-2016 Decision

Academics

The number of reports on money laundering suspicion received by the GBFI for all years available.

Refused

FOI-000253-2016 Decision

Journalists

How many incidents relating to Quinn Group and/or Aventas Group and/or Quinn Industrial Holdings in Ballyconnell, County Cavan have taken place in the last three years.

Refused

FOI-000254-2016 Decision

Journalists

How many people have been arrested / charged /convicted in relation to incidents at Quinn Group, and/or Aventas Group and/or Quinn Industrial Holdings in Ballyconnell, County Cavan in the last three years.

Refused

FOI-000255-2016 Decision

Journalists

How many deaths by suicide have been reported to police / or have been attended by police in the Cavan area in the last three years.

Refused

FOI-000256-2016 Decision

Academics

The number of seizures of cannabis and estimated value for each year from 2010 to 2015.

Refused

FOI-000257-2016 Decision

Journalists

All FOI requests (non-personal) submitted by journalists Mr XXXXXXXX and Mr YYYYYYYY

Refused

FOI-000268-2016 Decision

Journalists

Number of Garda officers that have been disciplined in the last two years, by rank, station and the reasons and details on how each officer was disciplined.

Refused

FOI-000252-2016 Decision

Journalists

All records relating to the overtime and extra Gardaí deployed for music festivals in 2016 and the costs of deploying extra members of Gardaí for the Forbidden Fruit, Longitude, Disclosure and Faithless concerts.

Refused

FOI-000269-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of domestic violence cases reported to police in the last year and the number of prosecutions and/or convictions.

Refused

FOI-000273-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of dangerous dogs seized, the number of attacks reported and the number of dog destroyed  in Dublin in the last 12 months

Refused

FOI-000274-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of children who have been rescued from child sex rings in the Republic of Ireland in the last three years.

Refused

FOI-000275-2016 Decision

Journalists

Please can you email me details on how many sex offenders are currently on the run in Ireland and how many may have fled abroad.

Refused

FOI-000276-2016 Decision

Journalists

Figures on how many young people have been caught in possession of illegal drugs in Dublin in the last 12 month.

Refused

FOI-000277-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of incidents reported to police in the last 12 months that relate exclusively to Facebook, Twitter, eBay and other websites.

Refused

FOI-000278-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of thefts from churches throughout the Republic of Ireland.

Refused

FOI-000279-2016 Decision

Journalists

Records outlining the budget afforded to the Garda Covert Human Intelligence Section (CHIS).

Refused

FOI-000283-2016 Decision

Journalists

Records relating to the cost of selecting, training and running the new Armed Support Unit (ASU) based in the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR).

Refused

FOI-000284-2016 Decision

Journalists

Request relating to Sex Offenders List.

Refused

FOI-000295-2016 Decision

Public

Referrals to TULSA/social services for 2014 and subsequent years

Refused

FOI-000297-2016 Decision

Journalists

All information held by the Gardai relating any Metropolitan police officer suspected or known to have visited Ireland while working undercover.

Refused

FOI-000310-2016 Decision

Journalists

Recording of crimes against farms/farmers on PULSE

Refused

FOI-000314-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of hate crimes recorded by an Garda Síochána in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.

Refused

FOI-000316-2016 Decision

Journalists

Information about speeding notices and fines issued in 2015 to drivers of foreign cars/drivers of hired cars and vans/foreign drivers of Irish cars

Refused

FOI-000318-2016 Decision

What is the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act?

The Freedom of Information Act, 2014 gives the public greater access to information about the workings of Government and public bodies, including An Garda Síochána.  Effectively it changed the presumption of secrecy which had existed, to a presumption of openness in relation to official information. 

The Act requires FOI bodies to respond to requests from the public for information they hold.  In most cases, public bodies must give their decision on a request within 4 weeks of receiving it.  Also, FOI bodies are required to publish certain information and are also encouraged to publish as much information as possible outside of what is required under the Act.

What rights does the Freedom of Information Act grant?

The Act provides that from the effective date, every person has the following legal rights:

• The right to access official records held by Government Departments or other public
   bodies as defined by the Act

• The right to have personal information held on them corrected or updated where such
   information is incomplete, incorrect or misleading

• The right to be given reasons for decisions taken by public bodies that affect them.

Regulations provide that parents, guardians and next-of-kin may apply to exercise these rights in certain circumstances.

These rights mean that people can seek access to records created after the effective date (21 April 2008).

Do I need to make an FOI request to get information from An Garda Síochána?

No, An Garda Síochána routinely makes information available to the public through the FOI Publication Scheme section of the Garda website, www.garda.ie, information leaflets, publications and response’s to enquiries. This will continue.  FOI provides an additional source of information by facilitating access to records not routinely published.

How can I get information under the Freedom of Information Act from An Garda Síochána?

Under the FOI Act 2014, An Garda Síochána makes information available through two key tools;

• An Garda Síochána Publication Scheme – includes general information which An Garda
  Síochána will proactively publish on a regular basis

• A General Right of Access – if the information you seek is not contained in An Garda
  Síochána’s Publication Scheme you can exercise your right under the FOI Act 2014, to
  make a formal application for information. To find out more about making an application
  under the FOI Act 2014, click here.

What is An Garda Síochána Publication Scheme?

An Garda Síochána Publication Scheme publishes regularly updated information that may be of interest to the public.  It is accessible via the Freedom of Information section on www.garda.ie.  This information includes records of all requests and responses for Human Resources, Finance and Procurement.

Do I have to pay for information on the Publication Scheme?

There is no charge for viewing information on our website or for inspecting documents in electronic form via the Freedom of Information section.

What if I want information that is not available on the Publication Scheme?

If the information you seek is not available in the Publication Scheme you may make a request under the Freedom of Information Act through the Garda Freedom of Information Office.   

What information can be requested under the Freedom of Information Act?

Individuals have the right to request any recorded information held by An Garda Síochána under the following administrative areas:

• Human Resource Management

• Finance

• Procurement

A number of exemptions have been granted to An Garda Síochána under the Act to ensure we can continue to perform our core functions and to ensure that State security is not compromised. 

These exemptions include records held or created by An Garda Síochána in a number of areas including; the Emergency Response Unit, the Special Detective Unit, the Security and Intelligence Section and the Criminal Assets Bureau. 

Exemptions as set out in the Act can be found here.

Does the Freedom of Information Act apply to personal data?

The Freedom of Information Act gives you the right to request information held by public authorities and the right to have personal information held on you corrected or updated where such information is incomplete, incorrect or misleading.

Data Protection Access Requests made to An Garda Síochána by individuals seeking access to their personal data are processed at the Data Protection Processing Unit, which is located at the Garda Central Vetting Unit in Thurles.  Click here for information relating to Data Protection Access Requests.


Can Staff Access their Personal records?

Garda Personnel both sworn and civilian can access their personnel files through the Human Resources & People Development section without having to invoke the provisions of the FOI Act. To avail of this service Garda personnel can contact HR&PD via email to hrm_records@garda.ie


Who can request information?

Under the Freedom of Information Act, any individual, anywhere in the world, may make a request to a public authority for information. An applicant is entitled to be informed in writing as to whether the information is held and to have the information communicated to them. 

If any of the information is to be refused, An Garda Síochána must provide the applicant with a refusal notice which clearly states the reasons we are withholding the information requested and making clear the appeals process.

How do I make a Freedom of Information request?

A request must:

• Be made in writing (this can be made by post or electronically by email)

• State the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence

• Describe the information requested and be clear enough so that we can understand
  what records are being requested.  In cases where it is not clear what records are
  being requested, we will inform the person making the request that clarification is
  required on what information is being sought

When you are seeking information which is personal, you will be required to supply the appropriate identification.  In cases where you are seeking to access records under section 37(8) (i.e. parent/guardian, deceased person) you will be required to provide additional details in order to exercise these rights - see foi.gov.ie for further information.

Alternatively, you may download the Application Form here.

Does the General Right of Access only apply to records created after the Act came into force?

No, the Act is retrospective to 21 April 2008.

Can I get help in making a request?

Yes. If you require any help the staff in the FOI section will be happy to assist you in the formulation of your request.  Click here for contact information.

Can An Garda Síochána refuse a request for information?

Yes. We may refuse a request for information where:

• The record concerned does not exist or cannot be found after all reasonable steps to
  ascertain its whereabouts have been taken

• The request is so large that retrieving the information would cause an unreasonable
  disruption to the work of the FOI section, the request is vexatious, repeated or due to
  be published by law within 12 weeks of the date of receipt of the request or the
  intention would be to publish the information no later than 6 weeks from date of
  receipt of request

• The appropriate fee has not been paid or the cost of complying with the request
  exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’ (currently €700)

• The information requested falls outside the scope, or under one of the exemptions as
  defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2014

How quickly will you respond to a request for information?

The central Freedom of Information Office will inform you in writing whether An Garda Síochána holds the information requested.  If so, we will communicate that information to you, normally within 20 working days after receipt of your request. 

In some circumstances a request may be refused.  If this is the case, a Refusal Notice informing you of our reasons will be issued to you. This notice will normally be communicated to you within 20 working days.

What is a Refusal Notice?

If any of the information is to be refused, An Garda Síochána must provide the applicant with a refusal notice which clearly states the reasons we are withholding the information requested and making clear the appeals process.

Will an applicant be able to get all information requested?

Not always. The Freedom of Information Act recognises that there will be valid reasons why some kinds of information may be withheld.  An Garda Síochána have been granted a number of exemptions under the Act to ensure we can continue to perform our core functions and that State security is not compromised. 

These exemptions include records held or created by An Garda Síochána in a number of areas including; the Emergency Response Unit, the Special Detective Unit, Security and Intelligence Section and the Criminal Assets Bureau. 

A list of some of the exemptions are set out in the Act here.

Are there any fees?

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides for a completely new FOI fees regime.  The Ministerial Order establishing the new fees regime is set out in S.I. 531 of 2014. The following is a summary of the new fee structure in respect of non-personal requests:

• If the cost of search, retrieval and copying is €100 or less, no charge is applied

• If the charge exceeds €100, full fees apply up to a maximum charge of €500

• If the estimated cost of search, retrieval and copying is more than €700, An Garda
  Síochána can refuse to process your request, unless you refine your request to bring
  the search, retrieval and copying fees below this limit.  If this is not possible for you to
  refine the search and you still wish to proceed with your request then full fees will be
  charged

• Where the upper limit (€700) is not exceeded, the only charges that may be passed to
  you are those associated with providing the information, for example photocopying and
  postage, up to a maximum of €500.  You will be informed if any costs are to be
  incurred prior to release of the information

List of fees:  

Type of Charge

Standard Charge

Search and retrieval of records

€20 per hour

Photocopying

4 cent per sheet

CD-ROM containing copy of documents

€10

Is there a limit on the cost of a Freedom of Information request?

In general, there is a limit of €500 on the amount of search, retrieval and copying fees that can be charged.  However, if the estimated cost of search, retrieval and copying is more than €700, An Garda Síochána can refuse to process your request, unless you refine your request to bring the search, retrieval and copying fees below this limit.

This means when An Garda Síochána receives a request, we need to estimate how much it will cost to deal with it and if it will be within the limits.

When estimating the cost of compliance, we can take into consideration the cost of:

• Determining whether we hold the information requested

• Locating the information

• Receiving such information or documents

• The cost of staff time associated with these activities


What happens when the limit is exceeded?

Where we estimate that the upper limit (€700) will be exceeded we are not obliged to comply with the request and will inform you by way of a refusal notice.

As part of our duty to provide advice and assistance to applicants, we will explain what, if any, information could be provided within the cost limit and advise the applicant that they may wish to consider narrowing down their request.

What can I do if I am not satisfied with a decision on my request?

You may seek a review of any decision issued by writing to the Freedom of Information Officer, Athlumney House, IDA Business Park, Johnstown, Navan, Co Meath seeking an Internal Review of the matter.  A fee of €30 (€10 for medical card holders) may apply for such an appeal.  There is no fee for internal review of applications concerning only personal information relating to oneself or in relation to a decision to impose a fee or deposit.

If you decide to seek a review of a decision, you must make the application within 4 weeks from the date of response (although late reviews may be permitted in certain circumstances). The review will involve a complete reconsideration of the matter by a more senior member of staff and a decision will be communicated to you within 3 weeks.

What if I am not satisfied with the decision on Internal Review?

You may request a review of the decision within six months by writing to the Office of the Information Commissioner. If you request a review, the Information Commissioner will fully investigate and consider the matter and issue a fresh decision. All requests for reviews should be addressed to:

The Information Commissioner,
18 Lower Leeson Street,
Dublin 2.

Tel: +353 (1) 639 5689
Locall: 1890 22 30 30
Fax: +353 (1) 639 5674
E-mail: info@oic.gov.ie

A fee of €50 (€15 for medical card holders) may apply for such an application. Again, there is no fee for a request for review to the Office of the Information Commissioner concerning only personal information relating to oneself or in relation to a decision to impose a fee or deposit.

What if An Garda Síochána do not hold the information requested?

If we do not hold the information requested we must confirm this in writing within 20 working days.  This is not technically classified as a Refusal Notice, but simply follows our requirement to confirm or deny whether we hold it.  When appropriate, we will also give an explanation as to why we do not hold the information, particularly in cases where the information has been deleted in line with a disposal schedule. 

We also have a duty to provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect us to do.  This could include advising an applicant if information is available elsewhere or assisting them in focusing their request, perhaps by advising of the types of information available within the requested category.

Who ensures that An Garda Síochána are complying with the Act?

The Information Commissioner's Office is responsible for ensuring that all public authorities, including An Garda Síochána, comply with the Act.  Applicants can appeal to the Information Commissioner regarding a refusal to release information.  The Information Commissioner’s Office can, if appropriate, serve notice on An Garda Síochána to provide information previously refused.

What is the Information Commissioner's Office?

The Information Commissioner’s Office is Ireland's independent public body set up to promote access to official information and protect personal information.  It is completely independent of the Government in the performance of its functions. This independence is underpinned by the Freedom of Information Acts.

The main functions of the Information Commissioner can be summarised as:

• Reviewing (on application) decisions of public bodies in relation to FOI requests and
  where necessary, making binding new decisions

• Reviewing the operation of the Freedom of Information Acts to ensure that public
  bodies comply with the provisions of the legislation

• Fostering an attitude of openness among public bodies by encouraging the voluntary
  publication of information above and beyond the minimum requirements of the Acts

• Preparing and publishing commentaries on the practical operation of the Acts

• Publication of an Annual Report.

The Information Commissioner’s contact details are as follows:

8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (1) 639 5689
Locall: 1890 253 238
Fax: +353 (1) 639 5674
E-mail: info@oic.gov.ie

Where can I get more information on FOI?

More comprehensive information on Freedom of Information, including the text of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 is available at www.foi.gov.ie.

Further information on FOI is also available from:

The Freedom of Information Unit,
Athlumney House
IDA Business Park,
Johnstown,
Navan,
Co Meath
Tel: 353 (46) 9036350
E-mail: foi@garda.ie

The Information Commissioner,
18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (1) 639 5689
Locall: 1890 253 238
Fax: +353 (1) 639 5674
E-mail: info@oic.gov.ie

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform,
Central Policy Unit,
Floor 3,
7-9 Merrion Row,
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (1) 631 8258
Fax: +353 (1) 604 5750
E-mail: cpu@per.gov.ie

Can I request Information on the Environment?

Yes, the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2011 (S.I. No. 133 of 2007 and S.I. No. 662 of 2011) (hereafter referred to as the AIE Regulations), give legal rights to those seeking to access information on the environment from public authorities. Under these regulations, information relating to the environment held by, or for, a public authority must be made available on request, subject to certain exceptions.

How do I make a request for Information on the Environment?

When making a request for information under the AIE Regulations, you are required to:

state that the application is being made under the AIE Regulations and submit it in writing or electronic form; provide your contact details; state, in terms that are as specific as possible, the environmental information required, and if you require the information in a specific format or manner of access, you should specify this in your request.

(i) Send your request by email to:

foi@garda.ie.

Or;

(ii) Send your request in writing to;
The Freedom of Information Officer
Athlumney House
IDA Business Park
Johnstown
Navan
Co Meath.

Click here download the online application form.  A response will be given no later than 4 weeks upon receipt of request.

If you require any help the staff in the FOI Unit will be happy to assist you in the formulation of your request. You can contact the FOI Office at;

Tel: +353 (46) 9036350

What are the fees for making an AIE application?

There is no initial fee for making an application under the AIE Regulations. However, the Department may charge a reasonable fee for supplying the information requested. This may include the costs of compiling, copying, printing or posting of information. There is no charge for applying for an internal review

It costs €50 euro to take an appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information, or €15 euro if you are the holder, or dependent of a holder of a medical card, or a third party appealing the decision to release certain information. 

Is there an Freedom of Information Code of Practice?

Yes, a Code of Practice is available here

Image of Bike

Please note this property is not for sale - we are attempting to return property to owners.

An Garda Síochána are beginning a pilot scheme that will allow members of the public to view on-line photographs of property (lost and stolen) in Garda possession that has yet to be claimed by the owners of that property.

The initial rollout of the scheme sees a selection of items from the following Garda locations

Shankill (covering Dundrum/Blackrock/Stepaside/Dun Laoghaire/Dalkey/Shankill/Kill O' Grange and Cabinteely Garda stations)

Store Street (covering Fitzgibbon Street, Mountjoy and Bridewell Garda Stations)

Athlone

Terenure

Follow the links below to view unclaimed property-

Bikes in Garda Possession

Other Property in Garda Possession

As property is claimed, the photograph will be moved into the claimed property section:

Link to Property Claimed

If a member of the public sees an item they believe may be their property, they should make contact with the appropriate station (as listed in the photograph's description) to arrange a viewing.

If you have lost property (or have had property stolen from you), and it is not listed in the photographs, please contact your local Garda station to ascertain if it has been handed over to them.

Important details to note:

1) Always report stolen property to An Garda Síochána.

2) Please make a note of your bike's serial number, and keep it in a place where it can be easily retrieved if necessary.

Contact details for all Garda stations are available on the www.garda.ie

hereEuropean Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2011 (S.I. No. 133 of 2007 and S.I. No. 662 of 2011) (hereafter referred to as the AIE Regulations), give legal rights to those seeking to access information on the environment from public authorities.


Under these regulations, information relating to the environment held by, or for, a public authority must be made available on request, subject to certain exceptions. The AIE Regulations provide a definition of environmental information; outlines the manner in which requests for information may be submitted to public authorities and the manner in which public authorities are required to deal with requests.


When making a request for information under the AIE Regulations, you are required to:

state that the application is being made under the AIE Regulations and submit it in writing or electronic form; provide your contact details; state, in terms that are as specific as possible, the environmental information required, and if you require the information in a specific format or manner of access, you should specify this in your request.

(i) Send your request by email to:

foi@garda.ie.

Or;

(ii) Send your request in writing to;

The Freedom of Information Officer
Athlumney House
IDA Business Park
Johnstown
Navan
Co Meath.

Click here download the online application form. 

A response will be given no later than 4 weeks upon receipt of request.

If you require any help the staff in the FOI Unit will be happy to assist you in the formulation of your request. You can contact the FOI Office at;

Tel: +353 (46) 9036350

What are the fees for making an AIE application?

There is no initial fee for making an application under the AIE Regulations. However, the Department may charge a reasonable fee for supplying the information requested. This may include the costs of compiling, copying, printing or posting of information. There is no charge for applying for an internal review

It costs €50 euro to take an appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information, or €15 euro if you are the holder, or dependent of a holder of a medical card, or a third party appealing the decision to release certain information.

Enter Text HereData Protection Access Requests made to An Garda Síochána by individuals seeking access to their personal data are processed at the Data Protection Processing Unit which is located within the National Vetting Bureau in Enniscorthy and are not processed by the Freedom of Information Office.

Further information is available here.

Area

Description Of Request

Decision

Decision Details

Human Resources

How many days have been missed by Gardai due to illness in 2013,2014, and to date in 2015

Grant

FOI-000003-2015 Decision

Human Resources

Request for details of Number Garda disciplined for their use of internet pornography since 2013
Request for number of Garda displined for their use of social media since 2013

Refuse

FOI-000004-2015 Decision

Human Resources

Number of days lost due to suspension 2013, 2014 & 2015

Grant

FOI-000006-2015 Decision

Human Resources

Number of complaints made against Gardai relating to race/racism since 2013

Refuse

FOI-000009-2015 Decision

Human Resources

How many Garda are on sick leave for more than one month.

Grant

FOI-000010-2015 Decision

Human Resources

Number of serving gardai with a second employment

Refuse

FOI-000014-2015 Decision

Human Resources

Request details of how many serving Garda have criminal records and a break down of these convictions as of the day of his request.

Refuse

FOI-000015-2015 Decision

Human Resources

I wish to request records of all correspondence between the Garda Commissioner, to include but not limited to letter and e-mails (including any attachments), and the Minster of Justice in relation to human resources, finance and procurement from October 1

Refuse

FOI-000018-2015 Decision

Human Resources

Records of reports on all staff surveys since Janauary 1, 2013

Refuse

FOI-000026-2015 Decision

Human Resources

Records outlining the number of Gardai who have been disciplined, either internally or externally, under Section 62 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005, in addition to the 1963 Official Secrets Act, in 2006, 2007,2009,2010,2011,2013,2014 and the first nine months of 2015

Out of Scope

FOI-000027-2015 Decision

Human Resources

How many members of An Garda Siochana or staff have been dismissed from their position since 2004 - 2015 to date?
Why were they dismissed?
How many members of An Garda Siochana or staff have been demoted in the same time frame? Why?
How many members of An Garda Siochana or staff have there been disciplined or reprimanded for sexual harassment in the workplace in the same time frame?
What was the nature of these complaints, what was the outcome?
How many members of An Garda Siochana or staff have failed drug tests in the same time frame? What was the outcome of the failed test. What drugs were detected

Part Grant

FOI-000028-2015 Decision

Human Resources

How many members of An Garda Siochana have been disciplined or reprimanded for improper use of Garda vehicles in the years 2011/12/13/14?
How many members of An Garda Siochana have been disciplined or reprimanded for improper use of Garda equipment in the years 2011/12/13/14?
What was the nature of the improper use? What was the outcome?

Refuse

FOI-000031-2015 Decision

Human Resources

The number of gardai or staff at An Garda Siochana who were disciplined for improper use of the garda Internet services, data and social media the years 2012/13/14.

Refuse

FOI-000033-2015 Decision

Human Resources

Records outlining the number of GardaÍ who have been subject to internal disciplinary procedures in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and the first nine months of 2015.
Records outlining the alleged breaches of discipline involved in each case.
Records outlining the outcome of each internal disciplinary procedure, including the nature of punishment, if any, applied.
Records indicating the number on internal disciplinary procedure outcomes that were appealed and the outcomes of those appeals.

Refuse

FOI-000035-2015 Decision

Human Resources

Records outlining the number of complaints filed by members of An Garda Siochana in relation to bullying within the workforce for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,2013, 2014 and the first nine months of 2015.
In addition, I request records outlining the various examples of bullying that were given to the Human Resource Management Division when a complaint was filed.

Grant

FOI-000036-2015 Decision

Human Resources

Records outlining the sums of compensation paid to members of the force for personal injuries sustained while on duty in 2009, 2010, 2111, 2012, 2013, 2014 and the first nine months of 2015.
Records outlining how many officers were compensated in each of those years for personal injuries sustained in duty.
Records providing a breakdown of the type of injuries sustained by members of the force in those years.

Grant

FOI-000038-2015 Decision

Human Resources

Request all records relating to An Garda Síochána's social media policy

Refuse

FOI-000040-2015 Decision

Human Resources

1) A full list of courses that are available to Gardaí in either Garda Training Centre or Garda Headquarters eg; Advanced Driving Course etc; The length of time each course is; the frequently in which each course is held; the maximum number of Gardaí per course; The number of Gardaí that undertook each course in 2014 and to-date in 2015

Refuse

FOI-000046-2015 Decision

Human Resources

How many sick days have been registered by members of An Garda Siochana in the years 2011/12/13/14?
What is the estimated cost of these sick days?
How many members of An Garda Siochana have been injured in the line of duty in the same time frame?
What was the nature of these injuries?
How long were members left out of work as a result?

Grant

FOI-000048-2015 Decision

Human Resources

Under the FOI Act, can I get all correspondence between Noirin O'Sullivan since her appointment as Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice which relates to the need for an increase in Garda numbers.

Refuse

FOI-000052-2015 Decision

Human Resources

All details of sexual harassment complaints received and investigated within An Garda Siochana in the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, including outcomes, gender of complainants and complainees; rank of complainants and complainees; fines, suspensions and disciplinary processes.

Grant

FOI-000053-2015 Decision

Human Resources

The number of members of the force who have been dismissed from An Garda Siochana from March 17, 2009 to date, including reasons for dismissal, a break down of dismissals by year and rank and division.

Refuse

FOI-000055-2015 Decision

Human Resources

How many staff members or gardaí have been disciplined for improper use of the PULSE system in the last five years? What were the circumstances surrounding each incident.

Refuse

FOI-000059-2015 Decision

Human Resources

The number of days sick leave taken by members of the force between October 1, 2009 and October 1, 2015. I request the information include: The number of days taken by each rank; the number of days taken per year; The number of days per gender.

Grant

FOI-000066-2015 Decision

Human Resources

The number of members of An Garda Siochana who have taken maternity leave from January 1, 2008 to date, including number of officers per per year and per division (per year).

Part Grant

FOI-000071-2015 Decision

Human Resources

I am making the following request under the Freedom of Information Act.
I would like figures and detail on the number of sexual harassment claims made garda members in the past five years by other members of the force.
I would also like figures for the number of sexual harassment complaints made by members of the public against gardai in the past five years.
I would like the details broken down by year and the gender of the member of the public making the complaint and the gender of the garda of who the complaint was made against.

Part Grant

FOI-000075-2015 Decision

Human Resources

Copies of all reports/guidelines issued to staff over the use of social media
-Copies of all reports into, and details of all sanctions taken against staff, for the alleged misuse of social media or breach of garda protocol on this matter.

Refuse

FOI-000078-2015 Decision

Human Resources

-An annual break-down detailing the level of staff on long term sick leave (6 weeks or more) as a percentage of the force.
-An annual break-down detailing the level of staff on stress-related sick leave as a percentage of the force.
I am seeking the information for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 for comparative purposes.

Part Grant

FOI-000081-2015 Decision

Human Resources

- Copies of all internal reports into alleged misconduct/breach of garda protocol by members of An Garda Siochana.
This request includes copies of reports carried out into allegation of misconduct against garda officers.
This request also includes the action, if any, taken against officers when misconduct was established.
The time frame for this request is 01/01/13-today's date.

Refuse

FOI-000082-2015 Decision

Journalists

All correspondence between the Garda Commissioner and the following individuals on the issue of staffing numbers

Refused

FOI-000089-2015 Decision

Human Resources

The number of HR complaints made by members of the force in the following areas:
- Alleged cases of bullying
- Alleged cases of criminality
- Alleged cases of misconduct
The timeframe for this request is as follows:
01/01/12-today's date.

Grant

FOI-000090-2015 Decision

Human Resources

All internal An Garda Siochana reports on the following issue:
- Moral within the force
This is to include all reports carried out by An Garda Siochana into issues relating to morale among members.
The time frame for this request is:
01/01/12-today's date.

Grant

FOI-000091-2015 Decision

Human Resources

- the contract of employment of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.
- copies of any rules, regulations, handbooks, guidelines on destruction or retention of records/material gathered during the course of employment within An Garda Siochana.

Refuse

FOI-000111-2015 Decision

Human Resources

The records I am seeking relate to redundancies and the dismissal of garda officers during the years 2013, 2014 and to date 2015. ( from jan to October 30)
These records should detail the number of gardai let go, those that retired and those that took redundancy and the reasons for their redundancies and the date.
The records should also entail a breakdown of the number of gardai who were dismissed from the force and the reasons stated as to why (where confidentiality is not broken).
In the case of dismissal records, I am seeking all records which relate to garda misconduct or incidents which meant that a garda had to be dismissed due to their behavior , etc.
I am also seeking records during the dates mentioned that detail gardai taking career breaks .

Part Grant

FOI-000115-2015 Decision

Human Resources

-For information of the total number of working days Gardaí stationed in Co Roscommon were absent from work due to:
Suspension in (a) - 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) so far in 2015:
Illness, occupational injury in (a) 2013, (b)2014 + (c) so far in 2015.
Sick leave for (a)more than ten days and (b) more than 28 days in (a) 2013, (b)2014 + (c) so far in 2015.

Grant

FOI-000151-2015 Decision

Human Resources

• how many gardai have retired in Cork City, Cork West and Cork North to date this year, how many are eligible to retire between now and end of 2016, and how many notices to retire have been received for between now and end of 2016.
• show how many gardai in Cork City, Cork West and Cork North are currently on leave of absence; when do these leaves expire, and how many have applied for a leave of absence between now and the end of 2016.

Grant

FOI-000171-2015 Decision

Public

(1) is burglaries up on previous month (2) how many new gardai have been recruited in county Wexford (3) have the gardai a definite line of enquiry in regards to recent burglaries (4) is there extra patrols on duty to curb this issue (5) how many community based gardai has the district currently got?

Partially Granted

FOI-000186-2015 Decision

Requester

Description Of Request

Decision

Decision Details

Others

Details of any planned Superintendent recruitment/promotion involving lateral transfers or promotions from PSNI.

Partially Granted

FOI-000007-2016 Decision

Journalists

Record of staffing levels of An Garda Síochána at station (sub-district) level for December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2015 (ideally in spreadsheet format).

Partially Granted

FOI-000010-2016 Decision

Public

How many new recruits have been assigned to the County Roscommon/Longford division since the beginning of last year to date and how many retirees during the same date.

Partially Granted

FOI-000019-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of officers who have failed the annual health and fitness assessment in each of the past three years.

Refused

FOI-000025-2016 Decision

Journalists

Discharges from An Garda Siochána between 2000 and 2015, broken down by quarter and year  showing
Date of discharge, Type of discharge, Corresponding length of service in months, Rank at time of discharge and Reason for discharge

Granted

FOI-000057-2016 Decision

Journalists

Total number of intake of recruits per year since the Garda college reopened and the number of people who dropped out / withdrew.

Partially Granted

FOI-000061-2016 Decision

Journalists

Details on the cost of the An Garda Síochána Doctor of Choice Scheme for 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 to include the amount paid out to each GP in the scheme for those years.

Refused

FOI-000071-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of invoices received in 2015 (or the closest year possible) for the Doctor Payment Scheme / Doctor of Choice Scheme.

Granted

FOI-000107-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of non-Irish nationals employed by An Garda Siochana.

Partially Granted

FOI-000112-2016 Decision

Academics

The number of non-Irish nationals employed by An Garda Siochana.

Partially Granted

FOI-000120-2016 Decision

Journalists

- Records which show the number of serving Gardaí in Dublin districts/stations who have criminal records / type of  convictions.

Refused

FOI-000117-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of requests for payment for/assistance with payment for counselling services from members in 2015 and the first two months of 2016

Partially Granted

FOI-000127-2016 Decision

Academics

How many new recruits have been assigned in County Wexford since the beginning of last year to date and how many retirees during the same date.

Granted

FOI-000130-2016 Decision

Journalists

All records  of disciplinary proceedings against members of the gardaí who breached the rules of the social media policy for years dating 2010- 2015.

Refused

FOI-000142-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of staff sick days for the calendar years 2014, 2015 and so far for 2016 and the costs of substitute cover.

Partially Granted

FOI-000143-2016 Decision

Journalists

Records outlining the sums of compensation paid to members of the force for personal injuries sustained while on duty in 2009, 2010, 2111, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

Partially Granted

FOI-000184-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of official complaints made by both male and female employees over alleged bullying, alleged criminality, alleged misconduct in 2014 and 2015 to date

Partially Granted

FOI-000116-2016 Decision

Journalists

I wish to request information concerning investigations within An Garda Síochána on members for alleged serious breaches of discipline in 2014 and 2015

Partially Granted

FOI-000134-2016 Decision

Journalists

The number of Gardai and their rank currently under suspension from duty.

Partially Granted

FOI-000168-2016 Decision

Journalists

Sick days have been registered by members of An Garda Siochana in the years
2011/12/13/14/15/2016

Partially Granted

FOI-000182-2016 Decision

Journalists

Attacks on gardai while on duty since 2011 until present

Partially Granted

FOI-000204-2016 Decision

Journalists

Complaints about internal bullying made for the period start April 2015 to end April 2016.

Partially Granted

FOI-000211-2016 Decision

Journalists

All records relating to the Irish language abilities of Gardaí stationed in Gaeltacht areas.

Refused

 

 

FOI-000213-2016 Decision

Journalists

Sick leave by members of An Garda Siochana in 2015.

Partially Granted

 

 

FOI-000223-2016 Decision

Journalists

Information on the number of Garda retirements across the six Garda regions since the moratorium on recruitment lifted.

Granted

 

 

FOI-000243-2016 Decision

Journalists

Records showing how many special leave days were granted to Gardai to attend staff association business in each of the last five years.

Partially Granted

 

 

FOI-000241-2016 Decision

Journalists

The numbers of new recruits that have been assigned to each of the three Cork Garda Divisions for 2015 and up to June 2016.

Granted

 

 

FOI-000258-2016 Decision

Journalists

The numbers of Gardai that retired/due to retire in  each of the three Cork Garda Divisions for 2015 and up to July 1 2016.

Granted

 

 

FOI-000259-2016 Decision

Journalists

Since the moratorium on Garda recruitment lifted in September 2014, how many of the newly attested Gardaí have left the force to date (August 8th)?

Partially Granted

 

 

FOI-000301-2016 Decision

 

 

The office of Human Resources and People Development is responsible for the recruitment, training, development and the management of Garda members and Garda staff.  The office is headed up by an Executive Director and consists of the following sections: 

Garda HR Directorate, Athlumney House, Navan.

Garda HR&PD Section, Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park,

Garda Internal Affairs,  Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park

Garda Occupational Health Department, Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park,

Garda Professional Standards Unit, Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park,

Garda Training College, Templemore, Co Tipperary.

 

Garda HR Directorate

The Directorate is responsible for most of the administrative and transactional HR functions for all garda members and civilian staff.  Among the HR functions administered by the Directorate are the external recruitment of staff, pay and pensions; sick absence, annual leave and family friendly schemes (maternity, parental, adoptive, carers leave etc), personnel records, administration and statistics.  The following records held by the directorate will be made available directly or information in how to access them will be given.

Pay & Pensions Section (Garda and Civilian)

  • Retirement/Departure statistics (by rank/grade, by year, departure type for civilian staff and Garda members).

 Quarterly Statistics

Civilian Retirement Statistics 01/01/2015 to 30/09/2015

 

 

CO

Cleaner

Service Attendant

Traffic Warden

Civilian Driver

Storeman

HEO

GO

Total

Age

8

1

2

3

1

 

1

1

17

Compulsory

2

8

2

1

1

 

 

 

14

CNER*

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Ill Health

1

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

3

Totals

14

9

4

4

2

2

1

1

37

*CNER – Cost Neutral Early Retirement Scheme


Garda Retirement Statistics 01/01/2015 to 30/09/2015 

 

Comm

Deputy Comm

Assistant Comm

Chief Super

Super

Inspector

Sgt

Garda

Total

Voluntary

0

0

1

1

6

11

51

97

167

Compulsory

0

0

0

1

2

0

1

4

8

CNER*

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

Total

0

0

1

2

8

11

53

102

177

 

*CNER – Cost Neutral Early Retirement Scheme 

  • Civilian pay-scales

These circulars are now available on www.circulars.gov.ie

http://circulars.gov.ie/pdf/circular/per/2014/02.pdf  

http://circulars.gov.ie/pdf/circular/per/2013/08.pdf  

http://circulars.gov.ie/pdf/circular/finance/2009/28.pdf 

Civilian Pensions related Circulars & Superannuation Handbooks

http://www.cspensions.gov.ie/superAnnHBs.asp

Superannuation Handbook and Guidance Notes: Established Civil Service Scheme – Updated December 06

http://www.cspensions.gov.ie/SuperannuationHandbookandGuidanceDec20061.pdf

Superannuation Handbook and Guidance Notes: Non-Established State Employees Scheme – Updated December 07

http://www.cspensions.gov.ie/SuperannuationHandbookNonEstablishedDecember%2007.pdf

Circular 19/2012 – Commencement of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme

http://circulars.gov.ie/pdf/circular/per/2012/19.pdf

These circulars are available on www.circulars.gov.ie

Circular 11/2012 - Public Service Pension Reform: revised ill-health and death in service arrangements for part-time public servants.

Circular 12/2009 Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement

  • Re:Circular 12/2009: Q&A for the Civil Service
  • Re:Circular 12/2009: Clarification in relation to the payment of the balance of the 90% lump sum at normal preserved pension age under the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement

Circular 10/2008: Public Service Pension Reform: Revised method of reckoning variable pensionable allowances for pension purposes - June 08

Circular 33/2007: Civil Service Superannuation Arrangements - Oct 07

Circular 4/2006: Purchase of Notional Service for Superannuation Purposes by Established and Non Established Civil Servants - June 06

Circular 3/2006: Civil Service Pension Schemes - Extension of time limit for option for access outlined in Circular 20/2005, and clarification of revised pension arrangements for part-time service - April 06

Circular 20/2005 – Public Service Pension Reform: Revised arrangements for part-time public servants - July 05

Circular 19/2005 - Public Service Pension Reform: Revised method of calculation of pension entitlement for public servants whose pensions are integrated with social welfare benefits - July 05

Circular 10/2005 - Public Service Pension Reform: Introduction of cost neutral early retirement - April 05

Circular 9/2005 - Public Service Pension Reform: Revised rate of compound interest for use in the calculation of refunds to the Exchequer - April 05

Circular 8/2005: Public Service Pension Reform: New scheme for the award of professional, technical and specialist added years to certain new entrant staff of the Civil and Public Service. - April 05

An Garda Síochána Superannuation Scheme

S.I. No. 63/1925 - The Garda Síochána Pensions Order

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1925/en/si/0063.html#zzsi63y1925

S.I. No. 32/1933 Garda Síochána (Pensions) Act, 1933

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1933/en/act/pub/0032/print.html

S.I. No. 41/1947 GARDA SIOCHANA (PENSIONS) ACT, 1947

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1947/en/act/pub/0041/

S.I. No. 410/1951 - Garda Síochána Pensions Order, 1951

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1951/en/si/0410.html

S.I. No. 199/1981 - Garda Síochána Pensions Order, 1981

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1981/en/si/0199.html  

  • Individual Pension files can be made available to individual staff members to view.

HR Administration Section

  • Statistics in relation to all Family Friendly Schemes – breakdown by rank/grade.

The following is a breakdown of the statistics for family friendly initiatives to 30/09/15 for sworn members of An Garda Siochana.

Parental Leave to 30/09/15

 

No. of Applicants

Garda

306

Sergeant

27

Inspector

1

Total

334

Worksharing to 30/09/15

 

No W/S on 30/09/15

Garda

77

Sergeant

7

Total

84

Career Breaks to 30/09/15

 

 

No. on C/B at 30/09/15

Garda

13

 

Incentivised Career Break at 30/09/15

 

 

Currently on ICB

Garda

181

Sergeant

6

Total

187

 

Shorter Working Year to 30/09/15

 

 

Staff availing of SWY yr to date

No of weeks taken yr to date

Garda

77

470

Sergeant

9

70

Inspector

1

6

Total

87

546

 

Carers Leave to 30/09/15

 

 

No currently on Carer’s Leave

Garda

3

Sergeant

0

Total

3

 

Maternity Leave to 30/09/15

 

 

On Mat Leave at 30/09/15

Availed of Mat Leave Yr to date

Garda

112

297

Sergeant

5

13

Inspector

0

1

Total

117

311

 

Unpaid Mat Leave to 30/09/15

 

 

On Unpaid Mat at 30/09/15

Availed of Unpaid Mat Yr to date

Garda

29

115

Sergeant

3

4

Total

32

119

 

The following is a breakdown of the statistics for family friendly initiatives 2015 to the 30th September for civilian staff of An Garda Síochána.

Parental Leave        

 

Grade

No of Applicants

TCO

1

CO

156

SO

12

EO

13

HEO

10

Teacher

1

Total

193

Work Sharing

  

Grade

Staff W/S on 30th Sept

Driver

1

Cleaner

1

TCO

1

CO

293

SO

27

EO

9

Teacher

2

Nurse

1

HEO

3

AP

1

Total

339

Career Break

 

Grade 

No. on Career Break at 30th Sept

CO

33

SO

1

EO

3

HEO

1

Total

38

Shorter Working Year Scheme 

 

Grade

Staff availing of SWY

in 2015 to the 30th Sept

No. of Weeks

Cleaner

16

88

Services Attendant

2

8

Traffic Warden

5

56

CO

221

1216

SO

30

145

EO

14

48

HEO

7

36

Teacher

3

20

AP

2

4

Total

300

1621

 

Maternity Leave

 

Grade

Staff who availed of Maternity leave during 2015

Staff on Maternity Leave at 30th  September

Cleaner

 

1

CO

47

22

SO

4

1

EO

3

1

HEO

2

 

Teacher

1

1

Total

57

26

 

  • Unpaid Maternity Leave

 

Grade

Staff who availed of Unpaid Maternity leave during 2015

Staff on Unpaid Maternity Leave at 30th  September

CO

27

9

HEO

2

 

  

Carer’s Leave

 

Grade

Staff on Carer’s Leave at 30th  September

CO

7

 

+ Policy documents pertaining to all Family Friendly Schemes – including Circulars, HQ Directives, Office Notices etc.

The following circulars are available onwww.circulars.gov.ie

Circular 22/2009 - Bereavement Leave in the Civil Service

Circular 4/2013 - Career Break Scheme in the Civil Service

Circular 20/2008 - Parental Leave in the Civil Service

Circular 14/2009 – Shorter Working Year Scheme

Circular 31/2001 - Civil Service Worksharing Scheme

Circular 11/2013 - Revision of Working Hours and Flexible Working Arrangements for Civil Servants

Circular 12/2013 - Amendment to the Civil Service Worksharing Scheme

Circular 27/2003 - Annual Leave

Circular 05/2010 - Force Majeure and Other Urgent Family Reasons Leave

Circular 30/06: Adoptive Leave Act 2005

Circular 7/1982 - Special leave with pay on marriage

Circular 20/2008: Parental Leave in the Civil Service

Circular 9/1987 - Increments

Circular 16/1999 Special Corrective Appliances required for work with display screen equipment and visual display units

The following legislation is available on www.irishstatutebook.ie

Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997

Parental Leave Act, 1998

Parental Leave (Amendment) Act, 2006

Maternity Protection Act, 1994

Adoptive Leave Act, 2005

Scott Medal Awards.

 A list of Scott Medal Awardees is available on www.garda.ie link to relevant page on websit

Sick Leave Section

  • All Sick Leave files/records will be releasable outside of FOI to the individual they relate to only.  

 

  • End of year statistics as reported to DPER and published on the DPER website http://hr.per.gov.ie/sick-leave/ showing sick leave rates and costs for both Sworn and Civilian staff.

 

The 2013 sick leave statistics can be found via the following link –

Public Service Sick Leave Statistics for 2013

 

The 2014 sick leave statistics can be found via the following link –

2014 Public Service Sick Leave Statistics and Trends 2013 - 2014

 

Including the Public Service Sick Leave Regulations, Circulars, FAQs, Critical Illness Protocol Forms etc are listed below –

Competitions Support Unit

  • We will make available to individual staff members all information in relation to his/her interview on request, as appropriate.

Resource Management

Garda staffing figures broken down by rank and division  (these would be subject to both policing and security issues)
 

+ Monthly civilian staffing figures broken down by grade and station (these would be subject to both policing and security issues)
 

+ Personnel files for Garda and Civilian members will be made available to each individual upon request. This includes all their records relating to civilian staff and their positions on transfer lists or seniority lists if requested.      
        
Appointments Office

We will make available to all recruits on request from the individual.

  • A copy of their application form
  • A copy of their medical report
  • A copy of their PCT results
  • Emails sent to or from the applicant
  • Copies of any correspondence issued to them from the appointments office  

Bullying and Harassment/Grievance files

Any person who invokes the Bullying & Harassment/Grievances Policy/Procedures is entitled to information relating to them only. A copy of the complaint can be requested by complainant and person complained of only.
 

> All Circulars/Directives relating to these processes will be made available.

Civilian Members

                     

Dignity at Work – An Anti-Bullying, Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy for the Irish Civil Service      

          Circular 11/2001 – Revised Grievance Procedures

 

Doctor Payment Scheme 


Doctors who are subject to this scheme are entitled to information relating to the costs incurred by them.  Any circulars relating to the scheme are published on the DPER website.

IR issues

  • We will publish all general agreements e.g. Croke park, Haddington Road.

Circular 08/2010:Redeployment Scheme setting out arrangements to apply in the Civil Service and between the Civil Service and Non-Commercial State Sponsored Bodies (NCSSBs) as set out in the Public Service Agreement 2010-14 (the Croke Park Agreement)

Circular 13/2014:Public Service Stability Agreement 2013 … 2016 (Haddington Road Agreement) and the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 - Application of sections 2.24 and 2.25 of the Haddington Road Agreement to all Staff other than Teachers and SNAs employed by ETBs

Disability Liaison Officer

  • In 2014, 66 (2.747%) civilian staff members declared that they have a disability.  
  • In 2014 - One Ergonomically Tailored Chair was purchased to accommodate a civilian staff member in the workplace.

Discipline

While the best care has been taken to include all the relevant circulars, there may be additional circulars available on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform website.

Garda HR & PD

Garda HR & PD is the lead section for policy development and strategic HR.  It is responsible for internal competitions, industrial relations, equality & diversity, overseas deployment, resource deployment and transfers, Garda Reserve, health & Safety and the employee assistance service.   It will make the following records available on the Garda website: 

  • Health& Safety System Manual
  • Commissioner’s Occupational Health& Safety Policy Statement
  • MOU between An Garda Síochána and Health & Safety Authority
  • Occupational Injury Statistics for 2014
  • Hearing Conservation Programme
  • The Statutory instrument governing the Promotions S.I. 485/2006 – Garda Síochána (Promotion) Regulations 2006.
  • Code of Practice, Appointment to positions in the Civil Service and the Public Service by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (link to www.cpsa.ie)

Garda Professional Standards Unit

The Garda Professional Standards Unit (GPSU) was established in accordance with Section 24 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.  The function of the Unit as set out in the Act is to:

(a)   Examine and review, as directed by the Commissioner, the operational, administrative and management performance of the Garda Síochána at all levels.

(b)   Propose measures to the Commissioner to improve that performance, and

(c)    Promote the highest standards of practice, as measured by reference to the best standards of comparable police services, in operational, administrative and management matters relating to the Garda Síochána.

The role of GPSU’s examination and review process is an element of corporate governance in An Garda Síochána through inspection and oversight.  The Unit also promotes organisational awareness of issues, more streamlined and effective processes, greater efficiencies and enhances the professionalism of An Garda Síochána.

There is a requirement on the Garda Commissioner to submit an annual report by 31st March each year to the Minister for Justice and Law Reform on the activities of the GPSU.  The annual report will be forwarded to the new Policing Authority when it is established. This report will be published on the Garda Website.

Requester

Description Of Request

Decision

Decision Details

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Expenditure Review 2013 of Vehicle Maintenance Contract

Partially Granted

FOI-000051-2016 Decision (A)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Expenditure Review 2014 of GoSafe Camera Contract

Granted

FOI-000051-2016 Decision (B)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit of NBCI 2014

Refused

FOI-000051-2016 Decision (C)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit of the Offices of the Regional Assistant Commissioners, January 2013

Refused

FOI-000051-2016 Decision (D)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit of Serious Crime Review Team following Allegations of Financial Irregularities

Refused

FOI-000051-2016 Decision (E)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit of Tranman System

Refused

FOI-000051-2016 Decision (F)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Review of CCTV Systems

Partially Granted

FOI-000051-2016 Decision (G)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit of Controls in the Fixed Charge Penalty Office

Partially Granted

FOI-000051-2016 Decision (H)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit of Mayo Division & Review Audit Mayo

Partially Granted

FOI-000051-2016 Decision (I)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit Report Compensation Claims

Partially Granted

FOI-000051-2016 Decision (J)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit of Serious Crime Review Team following Allegations of Financial Irregularities

Refused

FOI-000059-2016 Decision (A)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit of DMR South Central and the Joint Audit with GPSU of DMR South Division

Refused

FOI-000059-2016 Decision (B)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit of the Fixed Charge Processing Office - Non Discretionary Cancellations and Report of the Fixed Charge Penalty System

Refused

FOI-000059-2016 Decision (C)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Report to the Commissioner in relation to Financial Controls

Partially Granted

FOI-000059-2016 Decision (D)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit of Salary and Pension Overpayments

Partially Granted

FOI-000059-2016 Decision (E)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit Report on NCBI

Refused

FOI-000076-2016 Decision (A)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit Report into Cavan/Monaghan Division

Refused

FOI-000076-2016 Decision (B)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit Report into Mayo Division

Refused

FOI-000076-2016 Decision (C)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Audit Report on the Regional Support Unit Eastern Region

Refused

FOI-000076-2016 Decision (D)

Journalists

Request for various Internal Audit reports from 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Report to the Commissioner in relation to Financial Controls

Refused

FOI-000076-2016 Decision (E)

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI Act 2014) enables members of the public to obtain access, to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy, information in the possession of public bodies, and, accordingly, to provide for a right of access to records held by such bodies.

The new FOI Act 2014 is being extended to bring under its remit the following administrative areas of An Garda Síochana from Wednesday, the 14th October 2015:

    • Human Resource Management

    • Finance & Procurement 

The FOI Act provides for the independent review of both the decisions made by An Garda Síochána under the Freedom of Information Act and of the operation of this Act generally.

An Garda Síochána is committed to being open, accountable and transparent regarding the services we provide for and to the public.

Under the FOI Act 2014, An Garda Síochána makes information available through the implementation of two key tools:

   1. An Garda Síochána Publication Scheme - includes general information which An Garda Síochána will proactively publish on a regular basis. It also includes a record of all the requests and the responses which are made under FOI. These are contained in our Decision Logs section of the Publication scheme. To find out more about the Publication Scheme, click here.

    2. A General Right of Access - is when the information you seek is not contained in our Publication Scheme and you exercise your right under the FOI Act 2014 and make a formal application for information. To find out more about making an application under the FOI Act 2014, click here.

2016 Requests

2016 Requests link to the attached pdf.

2015 Requests

2015 Requests link to the December 2015 pdf.

Requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and the responses to them will also be regularly published.

The public should be aware that in the interests of State security, under Section 42 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 a number of exemptions apply to An Garda Síochána. Records relating to the following are exempt:

- the Emergency Response Unit (ERU)
- the Secret Service Fund maintained by it
- the Special Detective Unit (SDU)
- the witness protection programme sponsored by it
- the Security and Intelligence Section
- the management and use of covert intelligence operations
- the Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunications Messages (Regulation) Act 1993
- the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005
- the Criminal Justice (Surveillance) Act 2009
- the Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011
- a record held by the Criminal Assets Bureau
- a record relating to an inquiry within the meaning of section 42 Garda Síochána Act 2005 other than (a) a record relating to the appointment of a person to conduct an inquiry under section 42 Garda Síochána Act 2005, or (b) a record relating to the expenses or other matters concerning the general administration of an inquiry under that section

To facilitate Freedom of Information requests, a Freedom of Information Office has been established. The Office is headed by Superintendent Helen Deely who is the organisation’s designated Decision Maker.

The second major renewal phase of three (3) year firearm certificates commenced on the 1st August 2015. The majority of renewals took place at the latter end of 2015 and will continue on throughout 2016 and 2017.

Each current holder of a firearm certificate (with the exception of a Firearm Training Certificate) should receive a PRE POPULATED version of the new Firearms Renewal Form (FCR) in the post approx 3 months prior to the expiry of their current certificate.  All details relevant to the current firearm certificate, including the firearm, referees, G.P, land etc will be detailed on the renewal form. Corresponding boxes will be included to facilitate any changes for example a change of referee, doctor etc.  The firearm owner can fill in the changes on the renewal form, if any, and when the form is signed it shall then be returned to the local Station for consideration by the relevant Superintendent (or Chief Superintendent if a restricted firearm application).  If there are no changes, the applicant simply signs the renewal form and brings the FCR form to his/her Garda Station for processing by An Garda Síochána.

When a decision is made to grant the renewal by the Superintendent (or Chief Superintendent), the applicant will receive a Grant Notice Letter in the post (as is currently the case with a new application) and when paid will then receive his/her new 3 year certificate by post. The current fee structure has not changed with each class of firearm certificate costing €80 with the exceptions of a Firearm Training Certificate and a Non Resident Firearm Certificate, both costing €40.

Please note that only the PRE POPULATED FCR form will be acceptable to An Garda Síochána when renewing a firearm certificate and each application for renewal must be accurately completed prior to returning the FCR to the Garda Station.  Finally, the Firearms Renewal Form (FCR) is only used for renewals of firearm certificates.  Any new application or substitution for a firearm certificate shall continue to be made on the FCA1 application form.

If a situation arises where a firearm certificate holder does not receive a pre populated Firearms Renewal Form (FCR) prior to the expiry of their current certificate, please immediately contact your local Garda Station.  Failure to do so may result in an individual being in possession of an unlicensed firearm.  The co-operation of all firearm certificate holders is essential in ensuring that firearm certificate renewals are properly managed and processed.  An Garda Síochána wishes to thank all firearm owners for their continued co-operation in this area.

All information regarding the requirements/information on exporting a firearm can be obtained on the Department of Justice and Equality website www.justice.ie

Please click on appropriate form.

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The Publication section of this website contains a number of documents covering Strategy and Planning, Research, Reviews and Inspections and various reports.

The main categories can be accessed by the links below:

• Policing Plans and Strategy

• An Garda Síochána Annual Reports

• A selection of Internal Audit Reports 

Some of the these Audit Reports have been published in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and may include redaction.  This is to ensure the protection of confidential, sensitive or in some cases, personal information.

• Details of the Garda Charter, Victim Liaison and other strategy documents are available in the Community Policing section.

• Various Policy documents are also available in the Publications Section.

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The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides for a completely new FOI fees regime.  The Ministerial Order establishing the new fees regime is set out in S.I. 531 of 2014. The following is a summary of the new fee structure in respect of non-personal requests:

 

• If the cost of search, retrieval and copying is €100 or less, no charge is applied
• If the charge exceeds €100, full fees apply up to a maximum charge of €500
• If the estimated cost of search, retrieval and copying is more than €700, An Garda Síochána can refuse to process your request, unless you refine your request to bring the search, retrieval and copying fees below this limit.  If this is not possible for you to refine the search and you still wish to proceed with your request then full fees will be charged
• Where the upper limit (€700) is not exceeded, the only charges that may be passed to you are those associated with providing the information, for example photocopying and postage, up to a maximum of €500.  You will be informed if any costs are to be incurred prior to release of the information

List of Fees

Type of Charge

Standard Charge

Search and retrieval of records

€20 per hour

Photocopying

4 cent per sheet

CD-ROM containing copy of documents

€10




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The History of An Garda Síochána

• The History of An Garda Síochána and List of Commissioners

How we are organised

• Command Structure and Organisation Structure

• Management Biographies and Principal Responsibilities

• Geographical Structure

Careers in An Garda Síochána

In addition to front line policing, An Garda Síochána provides a wide range of career opportunities in specialist and support areas. An Garda Síochána also employs approximately 2,500 civilian staff who fulfil administrative and professional roles within the organisation.

The Garda Reserve is made up of local volunteers who give their time to support regular garda members.

To find out more about career opportunities please follow the links below:

• Garda Careers

• Civilian Careers

• The Garda Reserve

Pay Scales

• Existing Garda Pay scales

• New Recruit Pay scales (2013)

• Civilian Pay scales

Classes of Records held:

Human Resource Records:

The Human Resources Section maintains records for all related activities including recruitment, training, promotions, pay and pensions. It also holds records on leave and absences, occupational health and discipline. In addition, Human Resources maintain the organisation’s policies on Bullying, Harassment and Equality along with records of complaints and grievances.

Financial Records

The Finance Directorate provides Garda management with financial information in relation to expenditure and income. The Procurement Section maintains records in relation to the purchasing of goods and services for An Garda Síochána including the tenders for same.

Contact Details 

    • Garda Station Locations

    • Headquarters and Other Contact Information

    • Freedom of Information and Access to Information on the Environment requests can be made by contacting FOI@garda.ie (Freedom of Information Office).

    • Media and public communications enquiries should be made to Press_Office@garda.ie  (Press Office).

    • Requests for personal information under the Data Protection Acts can be made by writing to the Data Protection Processing Unit, Garda Criminal Records Office, Racecourse Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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An Garda Síochána will provide you with an explanation if you are not given what you ask for. A decision on your application must normally be made within 4 weeks. A “week” is defined by the FOI Act as a period of 5 consecutive week-days and, in determining such a period, a Saturday or a public holiday (within the meaning of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997) shall be disregarded. However this time limit can be extended by a further 4 weeks in circumstances where the request is voluminous in nature.

All our responses will be published in our decision log section of our publication scheme to make them available to everyone so check it out. If you want information under Freedom of Information about a certain topic you can also use the search engine above.

Under the Act, An Garda Síochána makes information available through the implementation of two key tools:

    (i) A Publication Scheme

    (ii) And a general right of access to request information.

If you do not find the information you are looking for in our publication scheme, you can make a request for information in two ways;

    (i) Send your request by email to:

             foi@garda.ie

             Or:

     (ii) Send your request in writing to:

        The Freedom of Information Officer
        Athlumney House
        IDA Business Park
        Johnstown
        Navan
        Co Meath.

Tel: +353 46 9036350
           

Click hereto download online application form in English.
click here to download online application form in Irish. 
A response will be given no later than 4 weeks upon receipt of request.

If you require any help the staff in the FOI Unit will be happy to assist you in the formulation of your request. You can contact the FOI Office at:

Athlumney House
IDA Business Park
Johnstown
Navan
Co Meath.

Tel: +353 46 9036350

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 is intended to create better public understanding of:

      • How we carry out our duties

      • How we make decisions

      • How we spend public money.

Your request should include the following:

      • A statement that the request is being made under the FOI Act;

      • As much information as possible about the records being sought;

      • In what format you wish to receive any records released (e.g. photocopies)