Friday 9 December 2016

One year on from the crises in Justice

Published 31/05/2015 | 02:30

Garda oversight through the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) was proven to be defective and operating under inadequate legislation
Garda oversight through the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) was proven to be defective and operating under inadequate legislation

A year has passed since the crises related to the administration of justice but there is insufficient evidence to suggest that lessons have been truly learned, let alone acted upon.

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In the first half of 2014, Garda whistleblowers were vindicated about internal maladministration and abuses of the fixed penalty points system. Garda oversight through the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) was proven to be defective and operating under inadequate legislation. The Department of Justice itself operated through a culture of secrecy and with a lack of proper management. These events led to the unprecedented resignation of a Garda Commissioner and a Minister for Justice.

A new era in Garda management was ushered in with the appointment of Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, the first woman to be appointed to the position in the proud 90-year history of the force. At the time, there were those who remained sceptical that she was right person for the serious task at hand, given her senior position for many years in An Garda Siochana.

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