473. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the Garda anti-corruption unit was established; the number of personnel assigned to the unit; the rank of each; and if it contains civilian personnel. [12957/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, on 18 December 2018, the Government endorsed the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland and I also published at that time a High Level Implementation Plan, ‘A Policing Service for the Future’, which sets out the approach over the next four years.
Among the actions contained within the Implementation Plan, is the development of a new anti-corruption unit by An Garda Síochána, as part of a revised discipline system. The Unit has not been established as yet. The project is at planning stage and the work undertaken to date includes the examination of the roles and functions of similar units in other jurisdictions to ensure that this Unit is developed in line with best international practice.
This is separate from an existing Anti-Corruption Unit which forms part of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, the remit of which relates to the investigation of fraud in Irish society.