Sunday 19 November 2017

Civilian interventions turn up heat on Garda top brass

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and John Barrett, director of human resources. Photo: Barry Cronin
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and John Barrett, director of human resources. Photo: Barry Cronin
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

Two civilians who raised concerns with the Policing Authority in recent days have been working for An Garda Síochána for the past decade.

Data expert Gurchand Singh, joined in 2007 as head of analysis.

Glasgow-educated Mr Singh previously worked as programme director for an analysis and research project at the Home Office in London.

He moved to distance himself from an analysis report on homicide figures given to the authority.

Mr Singh told the authority that while his staff did the analysis, the report was not his work and he had not read it before it was submitted.

Niall Kelly, the head of internal audit, joined the Garda around the same time as Mr Singh.

He previously held a senior audit position with the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.

Dubliner Mr Kelly heads up an eight-person unit, which has an oversight role in relation to the force's €1.6bn budget.

He contacted the authority in recent days to point out that an examination of breath testing figures could not be considered an "audit" as it had not involved the internal audit section. The examination had been described in Garda press statements as an "audit".

HR director John Barrett, from Cork, joined the Garda in 2014, having worked in senior roles for Applied Materials Corporation. At a Dáil committee, he contradicted Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan about a meeting where he raised concerns about financial irregularities.

Irish Independent

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