Friday 30 September 2016

'An Garda Siochana has lots of things to change... dissent is not disloyalty' - Garda Commissioner

Geraldine Gittens

Published 02/06/2016 | 13:44

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has said measures are being implemented to ensure that members of the force who wish to report malpractices can do so in a “proper” environment.

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An Garda Siochana is working with bodies such as Transparency Ireland, and it has installed a  protection disclosures manager and appropriately trained staff to deal with complaints, the commissioner told RTE News At One today.

Ms O’Sullivan said it is “very important that the pub can be reassured that there are lessons that have been learned… that the public can be reassured that there are now adequate levels of investment to allow us to start implementing some of those changes that are very badly needed.”

She acknowledged that there were criticisms in the O’Higgins report “around incident management, about ensuring that gardai are properly trained, that there are supervisory management practices in place to ensure that people are actually being supervised properly and being  supported in doing the job they have to do, and providing the appropriate levels of service – particularly to victims of crime”.

“We now have the opportunity to put those measures in place because we do have the investment,” she said.

An Garda Siochana “[has] lots of things to change”, Ms O’Sullivan added.

“One of them is our approach to people who want to have a different voice and who have a different voice and who want to bring things to our attention.”

“I have said from day one that dissent is not disloyalty.”

Some steps have been taken to ensure that anyone who wishes to report an incident “can have that right” to raise their issues, she said.

“We have put systems in place to ensure that people can do that.”

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