In response to the ongoing public health crisis, the Garda Inspectorate has put in place a COVID-19 Response Plan to mitigate any risks to the health and wellbeing of our staff, while trying to ensure that we continue to deliver our core functions.
In light of the unprecedented demands on Garda resources arising from the COVID-19 crisis, the Inspectorate has decided to suspend commencing any new inspections of the Garda Síochána before the end of June 2020. This will remove any unnecessary demands that may have been placed upon the Garda Commissioner and his staff at this very difficult time. This decision will be reviewed in May 2020.
In the interim, and subject to further developments, we intend to continue to perform our statutory function by progressing our ongoing reports on Countering Corruption and Custody Arrangements. Both of these inspections are in the latter stages of completion. The Inspectorate has notified the Minister of Justice and Equality and the Garda Commissioner about these developments.
We continue to liaise with the Department of Justice and Equality, the Garda Commissioner and the other policing oversight bodies on a regular basis and we will keep our Response Plan under constant review.
Please contact us at [email protected] if you require any further information.