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Gardaí can finally say goodbye to paperwork and look forward to taking on criminals with tech

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the launch of the Modernisation and Renewal Programme. Photo: Damien Eagers
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the launch of the Modernisation and Renewal Programme. Photo: Damien Eagers

After 43 reports of criticisms, recommendations and proposals over the past decade, An Garda Síochána looked in danger of death by reform.

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The Garda needed to divert the attention of a large group of officers away from policing duties to studying reform like the proverbial hole in the head. But Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan and her team have produced a 120-page report that sets out a five-year modernisation and renewal programme.

Much of the report is, by its nature, a broad brush account of what is planned to ensure that the organisation is turned into a 21st century police and security service.

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