Sunday 23 July 2017

The gardaí are in crisis and the confidence of citizens is slipping away

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan Photo: Mark Condren
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan Photo: Mark Condren
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

The most useful ground rule for running an organisation to high professional standards is a simple one - agree to nothing in private that would cause embarrassment if it became public knowledge. It's a principle which flies straight to the core of transparency.

Do Garda top brass understand the importance of this modus operandi? Recent whistleblower allegations cause some concern that the traditional default setting remains in place - it's 'our' force and good governance is for namby-pambies.

Consequently, this question of how properly or otherwise the Garda is governed continues to cause trouble. Do senior gardaí persist in believing the force belongs to them and not the State, so that anyone who criticises it from within is disloyal?

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