Monday 23 October 2017

Dearbhail McDonald: Radical change within An Garda Siochana must start at the top

From logging calls on paper to the absence of a cyber crime unit, the biggest problem is lack of will, says Dearbhail McDonald

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Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

Perhaps it's the time of year or perhaps we've exceeded crisis fatigue. It could be the fact that parts of the country are facing near-apocalyptic flood threats in the aftermath of Storm Desmond. But apart from cursory media coverage and the customary, round robin political hand-wringing and back-biting, the reaction to the latest report from the Garda Inspectorate has been decidedly muted.

Yet it is, like the Fennelly, Guerin, Toland and Morris reports (to name but a few) before it, an indictment of the operation and management of An Garda Siochana.

The report of the inspectorate, an independent statutory body that evaluates and benchmarks our police force against international best practice, is also an indictment of the force's relationship with the State.

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