Saturday 24 June 2017

Commissioner owns this fiasco - and her position is untenable

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at Garda Headquarters yesterday. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at Garda Headquarters yesterday. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

How many times will the Taoiseach and the Justice Minister be forced to express confidence in the Garda Commissioner before that confidence evaporates?

It's a monthly occurrence now. A Garda scandal hits the headlines, opposition politicians loudly call for her head and a senior member of Government steps forward to publicly defend Nóirín O'Sullivan.

Last month, Enda Kenny insisted he had "full confidence" in Ms O'Sullivan in the wake of the Maurice McCabe scandal, a crisis so serious that it nearly cost him his own job and led to the establishment of a tribunal.

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