Free bylaw template in RTE article A free by-law template will be available on the Oireachtas website on Wednesday, with the full list of proposed amendments to be published on Thursday morning.
The new legislation will be a major change in the way the country deals with matters of public safety, health and security.
The amendments will bring the current structure of the current law into line with a number of European countries and include new powers, such as the ability to force police and fire services to provide more information, to force gardaí to record people’s movements and to require them to give information to the Garda Confidential Line.
The legislation also includes a new offence of “mischief or distress” which is punishable by a fine up to €2,000.
It will make it an offence to “make any disturbance or breach” of the provisions of the bylaw.
The Government said that bylaw amendments will allow the Gardai to be “more independent of and responsive to the needs of communities”.
The draft legislation also seeks to remove the obligation to notify the garda commissioner if a person is arrested and convicted of an offence.
The Minister for Justice said the Government had worked closely with the Gardáí to develop a new approach to policing, and that the new legislation was a “significant step in that direction”.
“It will allow for a more effective and responsive approach by the Garday Division,” he said.
“It allows them to be more independent of the needs and aspirations of communities and communities, particularly young people, to ensure that they are safe, and not at risk of criminal behaviour.”
Gardai have been criticised for failing to protect people in the past, and the new bylaw is the first significant reform to the current system since the death of former Minister for Children Leo Varadkar in May.
The proposals were outlined by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath last month, who was in a meeting with Gardai in a bid to convince them that the reforms would improve the effectiveness of their work.
“We are delighted to be able to say we have a significant piece of legislation to get through the next session,” Mr McGrath said at the time.
“The amendments we have are in line with what is happening in Europe, and in the United Kingdom, where a number are coming forward.”
In our view, the changes are a step forward and a good way forward in a rapidly changing environment.
“Mr McGrath added that the Government hoped that the changes would help reduce the number of Garda shootings and “help to minimise incidents”.
He said the changes were “a positive step in the right direction”, adding that they were “consistent with a strong record of improvement in the policing of the country”.
The Government also announced a further €20 million in funding to be given to garda forces to “support the development of innovative policing techniques and procedures”.
If we want to reduce the crime, we need to look at the root causes of violence and we need them to take the lead in reducing it.””
We have been looking for ways to improve our policing in a way that helps the Gardaic community, the police and the communities, and this legislation will enable us to do that,” he added.
“If we want to reduce the crime, we need to look at the root causes of violence and we need them to take the lead in reducing it.”