Wednesday 26 July 2017

Policing watchdog faces a 'go along to get along' culture in Garda Síochána

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan Photo: Frank McGrath
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan Photo: Frank McGrath
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Eddie Molloy

About 15 years ago, I spent a week in a country house hotel, co-facilitating a strategic planning process with the 35 Catholic bishops serving in Ireland.

As the week unfolded, with little progress being made on many serious issues, one of the participants quietly remarked to me, "You know you cannot pour new wine into old wineskins," quoting Jesus and adding in explanation, "You will never get change through us, we and our structures are at the root of the problem."

The bishop who made this candid and illuminating observation might have added, as the Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin did latterly, that "the culture of clericalism" is the biggest obstacle to reform.

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