Thursday 19 October 2017

'She failed in her duty' - Alan Kelly calls on Government to remove Garda Commissioner from position

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Picture: Gerry Mooney
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Picture: Gerry Mooney
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Labour TD Alan Kelly has called on the Government to remove Noirin O'Sullivan from her position as Garda Commissioner.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, Mr Kelly said that the Government need to act to halt the "crisis in the force".

"She should go. I've been saying this for a long time. The force is in crisis. She's lost the confidence of the force, of her civilian management team, of the Oireachtas and of the people.

"I believed she failed in her duty and the Government should remove her from her position," Mr Kelly told Newstalk Breakfast.

During an appearance before the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan and head of HR, John Barrett had contradictory time differences over a meeting held on financial irregularities at the garda college, in 2015.

Commissioner O’Sullivan had told the PAC that her recollection of the meeting in 2015 was that it was brief.  But Mr Barrett told the PAC the meeting lasted two hours – and documents handed over to the committee to back up his assertion.

Speaking on Newstalk today, Mr Kelly said that John Barrett "was an excellent witness".

"The level of detail he had. His knowledge of the subject matter was backed up with documentation that was all provided to the PAC."

Mr Allen said the crisis in the garda force is "an embarrassment for the country".

"This comes down to the fundamental issue that there's a crisis in this country in relation to secirtiy. This is an embarrassment for the country."

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