The Commission met for its monthly plenary session on 17th October. The focus of the meeting was inter-agency co-operation and the Commission received a number of presentations from senior garda management on issues such as community engagement, and encouraging increased diversity in Garda recruitment. The issues raised in these presentations will be considered in more detail by the Commission’s working groups which continue to meet on an ongoing basis between full plenary sessions. 

Each month, members of the Commission undertake study visits and stakeholder engagement sessions. In October, Commission members visited policing bodies in the UK to discuss policing accountability, governance and oversight. 

A number of Commission members also visited the South Eastern Garda Division where they had the opportunity to visit the Garda College and Thurles Divisional HQ, as well as the School of Law at the University of Limerick. 

The Chair of the Commission and members of the Commission’s secretariat attended the Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Philadelphia, USA. Kathleen O’Toole attended the Major Cities Chiefs Conference, and the Police Executive Research Forum. These events provided an opportunity to meet with police chiefs from around the USA and learn about international practice in policing.

News & Events


Report on Commission Activities January-March 2018


Survey of Garda Personnel


Trinity Long Room Hub: Behind the Headlines - The Future of Policing


Public Meeting: Wood Quay, Dublin. Monday 22 January


January 2018 public consultation events


End of Year update December 2017


Discuss the Future of Policing in Ireland with Members of the Commission – Athlone


Public Meeting on the Future of Policing in Ireland – Cork


Commission on Future of Policing visits Belfast for discussions


Update on Commission Meeting of 20th and 21st September 2017


Chair and Members of the Commission at the Ploughing Championship to hear rural policing concerns


Researcher in the Secretariat to the Commission on the Future of Policing - (Temporary Full Time One Year Contract)


The website of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland ( is now live


The website of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland ( is now live


Statement by Chairperson Kathleen O'Toole 24th May 2017


Press Release by Minister Frances Fitzgerald 16 May 2017