Friday 9 December 2016

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

Michael McDowell

Published 27/07/2014 | 02:30

The former Justice Minister launched yet another broadside at the report from Sean Guerin into garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe’s allegations of misconduct
The former Justice Minister launched yet another broadside at the report from Sean Guerin into garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe’s allegations of misconduct

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.

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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.

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