Monday 20 January 2020

Garda chief 'loses confidence' of FF

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

Fianna Fail Justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan last night said he was "unable" to express confidence in the Garda Commissioner after she issued a statement yesterday on the latest serious controversies to engulf the force.

In that statement, Noirin O'Sullivan also warned it was "inevitable" that more examples of "bad practice" would be identified in the Garda Siochana.

The position of Ms O'Sullivan remained secure last night, however, as she still retains the confidence of the Government and the Policing Authority.

A Garda Commissioner can only be removed from office by a government for stated reasons - including that their removal, in the opinion of the Government, would be in the best interests of the Garda Siochana.

The Policing Authority can also recommend to the Government the removal of a Garda Commissioner if the reasons for removal relate to policing services. The Government is obliged to consider any such recommendation.

In her statement, Ms O'Sullivan met a requirement laid down by the Taoiseach that revelations related to collating statistics on breath testing and wrongful legal cases being taken against drivers were "unacceptable". She also referenced the Policing Authority, to consider requesting the Garda Inspectorate to investigate the latest controversies. The Inspectorate previously highlighted deficiencies in the fixed charge processing system in February 2014.

Asked whether he had confidence in the Garda Commissioner, he said Fianna Fail was "unable" to express confidence on the basis of her latest statement.

Sunday Independent

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