Sunday 20 August 2017

Gardai must face the harsh truth – a blue revolution is long overdue

THERE are three issues in the current debate about the future of An Garda Siochana: change, the provision of the best possible service, and the cost.

All are inter-linked, but all are separate, too. It is possible to make progress in one, or two, or all three; and possible to fail in any or all of them, too.

The dreadful murder of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe provides a more than sombre background to this debate. To be fair, no one on any side has tried to exploit it, but it goes to the heart of the matter: how to preserve the unique relationship between the gardai and the Irish public, and how to preserve and improve policing in a fast-changing social and financial environment.

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