Wednesday 21 August 2019

Direct link between gardai and Government is ‘discrediting’ police force, claims TD

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

LABOUR TD Michael McNamara has claimed the “direct link” between gardai and the Government is “discrediting” the country’s police force.

Mr McNamara made the comments after it was reported that the recently resigned Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan will be charged over an alleged assault in his family bar.

The Labour TD, who recently fell out with his own party over the sale of the State’s share in Aer Lingus, said politicians who “oppose this Government” should not find out about being charged by gardai in the media.

Speaking in the Dáil, he said Fine Gael “pride itself of being the party of law and order” and demanded to know when the much anticipated Policing Authority will be established.

“When will the Policing Authority be established to severe the direct links between the Government, the direct links between the Government and policing because it is discrediting An Garda Siochana at this stage,” he said.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he did not get Mr McNamara’s “drift” but said the Policing Authority will be established before the Dáil breaks for Christmas.

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