Saturday 18 November 2017

Senior civil servants make complaints about Garda Commissioner Nóirin O’Sullivan's controls

Nóirin O'Sullivan
Nóirin O'Sullivan

CIVILIAN officials in Garda Headquarters have aired grievances over a series of new controls put in place by Garda Commissioner Nóirin O’Sullivan.

In correspondence with a deputy garda commissioner, the civilians have complained that the new controls make their jobs more difficult.

Ms O’Sullivan is due to attend the Kennedy Summer School in New Ross, Co Wexford, on Friday night.

Central to the concerns of the civil servants - who are of senior rank - is the fact they must now report to assistant commissioners over issues such as finance and human resources.

A garda spokesperson said “An Garda Síochána does not comment on matters relating to individual personnel.”

The spokesperson added that the implementation of An Garda Síochána’s Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021 is ongoing and is “intended to ensure professional, clear and accountable governance structures in an environment of increased transparency and engagement.”

“It also commits to increasing civilianisation within the organisation and maximising the use of professional civilian skills whose roles have been expanded particularly at senior management and executive level in recent times - notably the roles of Chief Administration Officer and Executive Director Human Resources and People Development,” the spokesperson said.

“The contribution of the more than 2,000 civilians in An Garda Síochána is highly valued. Our civilian members bring new perspectives and expertise thereby enhancing the combined skillset of the organisation. We will continue to work at improving trust and public confidence in An Garda Síochána.”

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