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FF and Greens pushed to keep Policing Authority’s powers operational

It is expected that the Authority will be merged with the Garda Inspectorate

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

12th July, 2020
The Policing Authority and Garda Inspectorate are expected to be merged into one body. Picture: PA

An independent watchdog for An Garda Síochána is set to be kept in place by the new coalition, in a U-turn on the previous government’s plans.

The Fine Gael-led minority government had decided to take away many of the key powers of the Policing Authority and return them to the Gardaí. The watchdog would have lost its powers over the independent appointment of senior officers and the approval of...

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