The Irish State - Ombudsman

The Ombudsman is empowered to investigate the actions of Government Departments, local authorities, health authorities, the postal and telecommunications service, and their officers. While the Office may initiate an investigation, it generally acts in response to complaints made by members of the public.

The Ombudsman is appointed by the President on the advice of the Government and is independent in the performance of his or her duties. The Office has its own investigative staff and is free to determine its own procedures. The Ombudsman reports annually to Dáil Éireann, but is free to make special reports at any time, in addition to annual reports. The term of office for the Ombudsman is six years.

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