Wednesday 26 July 2017

Battle for the soul of An Garda Síochána can only be won by ending the cosy culture that prevails

Problems to address: Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Problems to address: Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Eddie Molloy

In practically every case of institutional scandal and failure over the past decade, subsequent inquiries have concluded that, whatever else was wrong, ultimately a debased culture was the root cause.

The latest example is the Garda Inspectorate's finding that a culture of "fear and blame" pervades An Garda Síochána, disturbingly right up to and including senior ranks.

You can tell you are dealing with a cultural problem rather than a technical difficulty, such as a faulty structure, inefficient processes or IT that is 30 years out of date, when the problem seems intractable, recurring again and again, and when repeated attempts to sort it out come to nothing.

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