A 'quick fix' will not solve Garda problem
Taking control of policing away from the State is a bad idea - it's time to shout stop
Published 27/07/2014 | 02:30
Over a period of six months the Irish people witnessed a car crash in slow motion which resulted in the departure from office of the Confidential Recipient appointed under the Garda Siochana Act, the Commissioner of An Garda Siochana and, lastly, the Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter.
The events that gave rise to this sequence of events are still shrouded in mystery. A series of inquiries has been unleashed but Dail Eireann has been denied any real explanation as to how and why these events occurred.
Part of the cosmetic "quick- fix" solution offered by the Government was a knee-jerk decision to establish an "independent police authority". There was no prior debate as to whether this was a wise decision or whether such an "independent" body was workable or feasible in the Irish context.