Wednesday 16 August 2017

Scandal has its roots in ineptitude, cliques and shocking failures

The force is steeped in years of poor management and blatant nepotism, writes Jim Cusack

'There was widespread resentment among gardai who worked hard and diligently and deserved but never got promotion/'
'There was widespread resentment among gardai who worked hard and diligently and deserved but never got promotion/'

The current scandal engulfing An Garda Siochana has its roots in poor management.

Decades of what one senior garda termed 'in-breeding'; of recruitment of sons, daughters and relations who were probably not fit for the job, then their subsequent fast-track promotion beyond their capabilities, left a large number of inept figures in mid-ranking management.

On top of this was the formation of cliques by management figures 'bringing on' their friends and close associates.

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