Sunday 22 January 2017

If the Garda Commissioner is a wrong 'un, deputies, prove it

Opposition TDs have laid serious allegations against Noirin O'Sullivan, but failed to back a single one of them up

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 16/10/2016 | 02:30

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan cannot have been relishing her appearance before the Dail's Justice & Equality Committee on Wednesday morning.

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Its members include two of the TDs - Clare Daly and Mick Wallace of Independents4Change - who have laid the most serious charges against the Commissioner over the force's handling of allegations by whistleblowers; and the sitting was coming at the end of a week of calls either for her to resign or for the Justice Minister to sack her.

By the end of the day, O'Sullivan surely couldn't believe her luck. Rarely can two deputies working in tandem have failed so woefully to land a single blow on a public office holder that they have insisted is unfit to hold her post.

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