Sunday 28 May 2017

Expert panel to scrutinise Garda in PSNI-style review

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A panel with international expertise is to be set up to review four key areas of An Garda Síochána.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald will today brief her Cabinet colleagues on plans for a 'root-and-branch' review of the force, which will be based on the Patten Commission that led to the establishment of the PSNI.

The Irish Independent understands the panel will be asked to review the structure of the force; recruitment and training; culture and ethos; and oversight and accountability.

It follows the revelation that almost one million breath tests recorded by gardaí never happened and 14,700 were wrongly convicted of traffic offences.

After consulting with the Cabinet, Ms Fitzgerald is to ask Opposition parties for input before the panel is established.

She has also written to the Policing Authority asking the body to carry out independent investigations of the breath tests and wrongful convictions.

Fianna Fáil's justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan has also written to the authority outlining concerns that his party has about the explanations offered for the controversy by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan in recent days.

Irish Independent

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