Tuesday 17 October 2017

Analysis: As frustration grows, Leo must show he'll act to fix policing ills

New Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Tom Burke
New Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

It is impossible to overstate the problems facing senior management at An Garda Síochána right now. We can list abuses of the penalty points system, unwarranted road traffic prosecutions, up to a million phantom breath tests and allegations of massaging of crime statistics.

Then we can add damaging evidence about improper accounting behaviour at Templemore Garda Training College, the place our young men and women are supposed to learn policing skills and correct values.

It all means that public confidence is under serious threat. Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan sits atop this creaky edifice. Yesterday she was back at Leinster House facing up to eight hours of detailed questions - much of it about what she knew and when.

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