The Garda Inspectorate’s Changing Policing in Ireland report recommended that the forensic functions of the Garda Technical Bureau be divested to Forensic Science Ireland. As part of the Government’s Five Year Reform and High-level Workforce Plan, a working group, chaired by the Department of Justice and Equality, has been established to move the task forward and manage the transition.


The group had its first meeting in February 2017. The intention is for the group to prepare a plan for the merger by the end of 2017 and to oversee its implementation in 2018-2019.