Friday 20 October 2017

Faith in our politicians lags rest of Europe but gardaí trusted

Irish citizens are among the most likely in the EU to trust their police force. (Stock photo)
Irish citizens are among the most likely in the EU to trust their police force. (Stock photo)
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Irish citizens are among the most likely in the EU to trust their police force, but faith in our political system lags well behind.

A new report from European statistical agency Eurostat says that trust in gardaí is ranked at seven out of 10, falling to five for the judicial system and just three for politicians.

The 'Sustainable Development in the European Union' report ranks countries based on progress in meeting UN Sustainable Development goals, and is based on 2015 data.

Adopted in September 2015, the 17 goals range from access to affordable and clean energy to eradicating poverty and hunger. Gender equality and promotion of "peaceful and inclusive" societies, with justice for all and with "effective, accountable and inclusive institutions", are also included.

On 'trust in institutions', EU citizens are most likely to trust their police forces, giving them an average confidence score of 5.9 points from a possible 10. In Ireland, trust in gardaí is ranked higher at seven. It is lowest in Slovenia with just 2.7, and highest in Finland, Austria, the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries. The legal system is ranked at 4.6 across Europe, but at five for Ireland.

The political system has the lowest confidence rating among the three at an average of 3.5. In Ireland, it stands at three. Malta is an exception, reporting one of the highest levels of trust at six.

Irish Independent

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