Watchdog has lurched from one crisis to next
Published 19/01/2016 | 02:30
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.