The Government has published the draft terms of reference of the commission that will examine the gardaí.

The wide-ranging brief covers every aspect of the force.

The draft terms say there are concerns about the accountability, leadership, management capacity, and the culture and ethos of the gardaí. It says a fundamental review is needed that will encompass all the functions of the force.

The terms of that review are as broad ranging as could be envisaged and cover agencies such as the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, the Police Authority and the Department of Justice in their interactions with the gardaí.

It is likely the review will be called the Commission on Future Policing and will be headed by a panel that will include international experts.

It will operate in a manner not unlike the Commission on Taxation, which proposed reforms of the tax system in 2009.

These draft terms now go to the Opposition parties for consultation.

It will be some time before it is known who will serve on this commission, and how long it might take to complete its work.