Saturday 22 July 2017

Policing Authority goes where political leaders fear to tread

FF justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan: need for Garda reform is being obscured Photo: Tom Burke
FF justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan: need for Garda reform is being obscured Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

It is all political business as usual. The Taoiseach and Justice Minister see no problem at all with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan and have 100pc confidence in her continued leadership of An Garda Síochána.

The searing and outspoken assessment by the new Policing Authority published on Thursday is about as critical as it could be.

It is deeply unhelpful that the fallout from the O'Higgins Commission report is playing out against a backdrop of murderous criminal mayhem in Dublin's north inner city.

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