Sunday 25 June 2017

Watchdog has lurched from one crisis to next

The GSOC was set up to deal primarily with complaints from the public about the behaviour of gardaí and provide an independent oversight of the force Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The GSOC was set up to deal primarily with complaints from the public about the behaviour of gardaí and provide an independent oversight of the force Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Since it began operations in 2007, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has been mired in controversy.

It was set up under the Garda Síochána Act, 2005, to deal primarily with complaints from the public about the behaviour of gardaí and provide an independent oversight of the force.

GSOC's mandate is to independently investigate complaints where a garda is alleged to have committed an offence or behave in a way that would justify disciplinary proceedings.

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