Friday 20 October 2017

Any defence of the Garda is a truly gutless exercise

Every aspect of the force needs to be looked at – from training to management – if any change is to happen at all

Gardai are questioning two people over the death of a man in Scotch Quay and are appealing for more information
Gardai are questioning two people over the death of a man in Scotch Quay and are appealing for more information
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

The Garda force can on occasion make our hair stand on end – the Kieran Boylan outrage and the Sophie Toscan du Plantier debacle come to mind. But, as we're finding out, the force has developed new ways to undermine its own reputation.

The resignation of Alan Shatter resulted from a failure on his part to protect the public from what appears to be an alarming level of incompetence – or worse – in areas of An Garda Siochana.

Shatter's resignation is a step in the right direction. But it's a minor development. Politicians come and go. It's true that Shatter failed to acknowledge, much less properly examine – let alone reform – the failings that have undermined the Garda Siochana. But the problem is much, much bigger than a self-regarding politician. Shatter's ministerial career, after all, was very brief.

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