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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Shocked Varadkar admits Garda Siochana are in crisis

Daniel McConnell

Published 11/05/2014|12:21

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Transport Minister Leo Varadkar says the government is dealing with the "big problem"
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar says the government is dealing with the "big problem"

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar says An Garda Siochana is “in crisis” and that he is deeply shocked by the wave of allegations.

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He says he and the Government are fully cognisant of the problems besetting the force and that major reforms are coming.

“We do get this. We do realise there is a big problem here and we are dealing with it,” he said.

Mr Varadkar severely criticised An Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) which he branded a “toothless dog if ever there was one” which was not fit for purpose.

Seperately, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said the Labour Party has serious concerns with the various oversight bodies over the Garda force, saying his party was never happy with the confidential recipient model.

Speaking at a Commemoration event at Arbour Hill has said he has serious “concerns” at the continued stream of allegations of malpractice within An Garda Siochana.

Mr Gilmore has agreed with one of his senior minister who warned that the Government will not last its full term, if its “current drift” is allowed to continue.

Mr Gilmore concurred with comments made by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte in the Sunday Independent, saying that Mr Rabbitte was simply “making a statement of fact.”

In his speech, Mr Gilmore said: “It has not been easy for our people, or for our party.  But it has been for a purpose.  Recovery is not an end in itself.  Rather, it is the new foundation on which to build a better, fairer Ireland.”

“Economic peace and prosperity has to bring with it a social dividend, for the people whose sacrifice got us here.  People in the middle, and on the margins, who did so little to cause the crisis, but who paid such a high price for it,” he added.

“That means keeping a relentless focus increasing the number of  jobs, and getting people back to work.  It also means ensuring that people have a decent job, and a wage that allows them to live with dignity.  It means, too, ensuring that our people can have a home, and that the housing market does not, once again, work against them,” Mr Gilmore added.

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