Minister Fitzgerald announces major immigration civilianisation initiative

Minister Fitzgerald announces major immigration civilianisation initiative

Frances Fitzgerald T.D, Minister for Justice and Equality, has today announced a major programme to civilianise immigration functions currently undertaken by members of An Garda Síochána. The Minister made the announcement while visiting the immigration control facilities at Dublin Airport. A number of immigration functions, such as border management and registration of non-EEA persons’ permission to be in the State, are in the main carried out by or under the control of An Garda Síochána. These functions are exercised by Garda members acting as Immigration Officers under Ministerial powers. Minister Fitzgerald stated: “As part of my focus on reforming policing in Ireland, I am committed to examining and pursuing all opportunities to civilianise non–frontline Garda tasks, to get Gardai out from behind desks and provide a visible policing service on the ground.” “The civilianisation of immigration functions represents an important step forward in this effort as it will release some 125 Gardaí for other core policing duties. “This initiative makes sense both from an efficiency and economic perspective. The programme, starting with Dublin Airport, will free up Garda members for other core policing duties while also allowing the immigration service of my Department to both reduce costs and continue to discharge the effective management of our border and immigration system.”

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