The public and frontline gardaí deserve so much better
Somewhere along the line, the victims of crime have become forgotten in the furore that led to the O'Higgins Report - and now too in its aftermath. An Garda Síochána, which was once held in such high esteem by those it served, has become the flashpoint for political posturing, internal wrangling and dirty linen being washed very publicly.
What is lost, however, is that victims of crime are probably as unlikely to get the service they desire after O'Higgins has reported as they were before.
The Government has promised that some garda stations will re-open, but is there really the appetite to provide a police service that the citizens crave?