Callinan statement: Controversy was becoming a distraction
Published 25/03/2014 | 12:43
GARDA Commissioner Martin Callinan has disclosed that he decided to resign from his post because he felt the recent controversy was proving to be a distraction from the important work being carried out daily by the force on behalf of the citizens of the State in an independent and impartial manner.
He said he believed his decision to step down now was in the best interests of the force and his family.
Mr Callinan said he had great confidence that the delivery of an excellent policing service by excellent people would continue as it had done since the foundation of the force.
Having joined the Garda in May 1973, he said it had been a great honour and privilege to have spent nearly 41 years as a member of “this tremendous organisation”, serving the people of Ireland.
Those years, had been at times challenging but also enjoyable and fulfilling.
“This is due to the standard of people I have worked for, worked with and led during my career.
“The work I carried out could not have been done without the support of numerous men and women and for this I would like to thank all, who I have worked with during my service.
“It also could not have been achieved without the support of the many thousands of members of public, who I have come in contact with and who I hope have helped in some small way during my career”, he added.
Mr Callinan said that since becoming commissioner in 2010, he had never failed to be impressed by the dedication of all serving members and civilian staff, even when they faced significant professional and personal challenges.
The last four years, he believed, had seen major changes, which were always done in the best interest of the community for whom they did their job.
“Although some of those changes have not always been easy, statistics from the CSO have shown that they have resulted in a reduction in crime throughout the country.
“This change in delivery of a policing service has, I hope, provided communities and individuals with a sense of safety and security in their daily lives”.
Mr Callinan said he wished his successor, current members of the force and those due to join later this year, his continuing best wishes and wholehearted support.