Saturday 10 December 2016

Will to implement garda reforms hasn't been there

A civilian human resources director for the force was mooted in 2008 – we're still waiting

Published 30/03/2014 | 02:30

PARKED UP: The Garda Inspectorate suggested a civilian HR chief should be appointed back in 2008, but nothing was done
PARKED UP: The Garda Inspectorate suggested a civilian HR chief should be appointed back in 2008, but nothing was done

THE introduction of changes to do away with the perception of politicisation of the Garda was one of the key recommendations of the Garda Inspectorate, set up in the wake of the Morris report on the scandalous activities of garda members in Donegal.

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One of the key recommendations in its report on senior management in 2008 was the appointment of a civilian human resources director.

While almost all of its other recommendations, such as senior civilian positions in technology, public relations and finance were implemented, this one – which would have taken the power of promotions out of the garda's hands – remains "deferred" six years on. No reason is given for its non-implementation.

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