The Government approved a Five Year Reform and High-level Workforce Plan for An Garda Síochána on 19 July 2016. The plan addresses the implementation of both the agreed recommendations of the 2015 Garda Inspectorate report Changing Policing in Ireland  (which examined the operation and administration of An Garda Síochána and made some 80 main recommendations in relation to the structures of An Garda Síochána, its deployment practices, culture, human resources practices and financial management) and the Programme for a Partnership Government commitments aimed at increasing the visibility of An Garda Síochána.

Key aspects of the Plan include:

The Government has agreed that the Garda Commissioner’s Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021, published in June 2016, will be the vehicle for the implementation of the agreed recommendations of the Changing Policing in Ireland report aimed at her organisation.

The Policing Authority, at the request of the Minister, are monitoring and assessing implementation by An Garda Síochána and providing quarterly progress reports. Each progress report to date can be downloaded at the following locations:

Report 1: January 2017 

Report 2: April 2017

Report 3: July 2017

Report 4: December 2017

Report 5: June 2018

Report 6: August 2018

The Garda Inspectorate's recommendation that the number of Garda regions and divisions be reduced is not being implemented at this time but will be kept under review.