Colum Kenny: Smithwick report has shown need for more Garda accountability
Findings only reinforce doubts that the Force isn't encouraged to tell the truth when things go wrong
WHAT will Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan do to change the present "culture and attitude" of senior gardai that Judge Peter Smithwick described last week as "disheartening and depressing"?
What are they likely to do, given the experiences of garda whistleblowers and of some Dail deputies who recently raised abuses of the penalty points system among other serious issues within the force? Or given that Mr Callinan last week claimed no such culture or attitude exists?
Judge Smithwick's report into the murder of two RUC officers raises further questions about the adequacy of procedures put in place since 1989 to encourage gardai to tell the truth about problems within the force.