On 1st September 2017, the Commission launched its website and a press release was issued, inviting submissions from interested parties by email or in writing, to a deadline of 31st January 2018. In November, an online portal for submissions was added to the website.
Requests for submissions were sent to key policing bodies and stakeholder organisations including representative organisations and NGOs. Public invitations for submissions were made on a regular basis during the consultation period on twitter, through additional press statements and at public engagements. Regular updates on the Commission’s work were published during this period, and are available here.
On 15th November, TDs, Senators and their staff were invited to an informal briefing in Leinster House, where they were invited to make submissions on behalf of their political parties/groups and to encourage their constituents to do likewise. To assist, leaflets about the Commission’s consultation process and template newsletter articles were distributed to attendees.
A deadline for receipt for submissions was set as 31st January 2018; however, a small number of submissions were received after this date and taken into account by the Commission.
For ease of reference, submissions have been grouped into the following categories:
- Policing organisations and bodies
- Public representatives / political parties
While all submissions received were noted by the Commission, not all have been published online. We have respected the wishes of those people/organisations who specifically requested not to have their submission published. Other submissions fell outside of our terms of reference, and while they provided the Commission with insight into individual experiences, it was decided that they should not form part of our online repository. Personal identifying information has been redacted from published submissions (unless requested otherwise). Material considered inappropriate to publish, or defamatory, has also been removed.
|- Jane Mulcahy
|- Dr Matt Bowden
|- Dr Edward Burke
|- Aogán Mulcahy