Justice minister requires steely resolve on reform
IN her maiden appearance as Minister for Justice, former children's minister Frances Fitzgerald said the crisis of confidence among the public in relation to An Garda Siochana has to be dealt with. Of all the matters vying for her immediate attention, the restoration of public confidence in, as well as a radical overhaul of policing, is Ms Fitzgerald's single biggest challenge.
An Garda Siochana, as an institution, has historically enjoyed huge levels of support. And we have many reasons to be proud of a police force, still largely unarmed, that has served us well.
The reality, however, is that the new dawn in policing promised in the wake of the Morris Tribunal of Inquiry into complaints concerning some gardai in Donegal was strangled at birth.