Friday 9 December 2016

Garda management fails to accept need for change

Published 21/05/2016 | 02:30

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is under pressure over the issue of instructions to her legal team for the O’Higgins Commission. Photo: Mark Condren
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is under pressure over the issue of instructions to her legal team for the O’Higgins Commission. Photo: Mark Condren

This has not been a good week for our guardians of the peace or their leader. But so far the matter has generated far more heat than light when it comes to the debate about garda morale, Nóirín O'Sullivan and the handling of whistleblowers.

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For context, we need to go back to last December, after publication of the most scathing analysis ever of An Garda Síochána.

The independent Garda Inspectorate's head, ex-US police chief Bob Olson, observed that the force's management culture is "designed... to resist change".

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