538. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 275 of 24 April 2018, when the post of the head of training and development within An Garda Síochána will be filled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13586/19]


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 accepted all of its 157 key recommendations. At that time, I also published a High Level Implementation Plan, ‘A Policing Service for the Future’, which sets out the approach to the implementation of the Commission recommendations over the next four years. Implementation is being overseen by a dedicated programme office in the Department of the Taoiseach, as recommended by the Commission.
The Implementation Plan identifies a number of actions to be taken forward by An Garda Síochána in 2019, including the appointment of a Director of Learning and Development in the fourth quarter.