Wednesday 7 December 2016

One year on, little has changed in furtive world of justice

Published 16/04/2015 | 02:30

The honeymoon is over for Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, as many fundamental issues remain unresolved
The honeymoon is over for Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, as many fundamental issues remain unresolved

In the early half of 2014 the country was convulsed for months with crises relating to the Department of Justice. Whistleblowers were vindicated about internal maladministration and abuses of the fixed penalty points system. Garda oversight through the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) was proven to be defective and operating under inadequate legislation. The Department of Justice itself operated through a culture of secrecy and with a lack of proper management.

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All this culminated in the unprecedented resignation of the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter. The secretary general of the department, Brian Purcell, was reassigned to another post in the public sector at his own request.

A new era was promised, but one year later there's little evidence of anything different.

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