Sunday 22 January 2017

Flip-flopping on garda resources issue must stop

Published 01/06/2016 | 02:30

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan have been anything but clear in their dealing with the public of late.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan have been anything but clear in their dealing with the public of late.

Rank doesn't exist to confer privilege or power, it's purpose is to invest responsibility. Those who attain it - whether in Cabinet or in the service of the State - must at all times be clear in all they say and do. Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan have been anything but in their dealing with the public of late.

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When questioned on the unprecedented gangland violence they both categorically and repeatedly insisted that the gardaí had all they needed to tackle the murderers.

The force was replete when it came to manpower. There were no issues concerning overtime, and resources were more than sufficient to deal with gun law on our streets. Neither flinched when both the AGSI and GRA - whose members put their very lives at risk on a daily basis to take on the drug barons - said the opposite.

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