Sunday 23 July 2017

Comment: Garda Síochána hasn't learned yet - when you're in a hole, stop digging

Garda Commissioner Eoin O’Duffy, who was sacked by Eamon de Valera in 1933
Garda Commissioner Eoin O’Duffy, who was sacked by Eamon de Valera in 1933
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

An Garda Síochana has, historically, been relatively free of the corruption often endemic in other police forces in Britain or the United States, where money was the prime motivating factor.

But what it doesn't seem to have learned over the years is the old adage: when you're in a hole, stop digging.

Of course there has always been a certain amount of low-level corruption, but rather than financial, the scandals that have beset the gardaí have been more often about a wink and a nod from a 'friend', attempts to curry favour with powerful people or doing the bidding of their political masters.

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