Friday 24 October 2014

Arrest sweeping statements

Published 08/06/2014 | 02:30

Madam – As a former member, I feel compelled to write in defence of An Garda Siochana, after listening to and reading so much criticism of the force by so many politicians and other individuals.

Most make their criticism in the broadest manner, by making it against "the Garda Siochana", but then speak of individual members or groups within the force. When they are challenged on the matter, in most cases they will speak of the vast majority of hard-working members of the force carrying out their duties. However, they will already have sucked the morale from those very same members.

The force has been denuded of station accommodation, manpower, transport and finance over the past few years and could certainly do without sweeping criticism of its efforts in keeping law and order throughout the country.

Furthermore, the insinuations that all of the senior ranks of the force are unfit to hold the position of Commissioner – and, to add insult to injury, that we should look towards a civilian or, worse still in my eyes, a British police officer, for our next commissioner – are really the last straw.

If you need to cast doubt on the ability of others, you should be brave enough to identify those you wish to criticise and not tarnish the many by making ill-judged sweeping statements.

Tony Fagan,

Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Sunday Independent

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