Saturday 10 December 2016

Enda's revolution needs heads to roll

Published 16/03/2014 | 02:30

Garda
Garda

The passing of Christine Buckley should serve to remind us that official Ireland rarely cherishes whistleblowers until they are deceased.

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Sadly, the prologue and response to the Garda Inspectorate Report on penalty points suggest that, when it comes to those who persist in "disgusting" activities like speaking truth to power little has changed. Little also, alas, appears to have changed since 2005 when the Morris Report warned that An Garda Siochana was at risk of "losing its character as a disciplined force".

Instead, the politics of window dressing continued to thrive last week as a new but not at all different Government responded to the latest policing debacle with the increasingly usual mixture of clever equivocation and revisionist spin-doctoring.

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