Sunday 17 December 2017

New Garda Commissioner is an opportunity for better management - Leo Varadkar claims

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

The recruitment of a new Garda Commissioner presents an opportunity for a better management, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.

Addressing the Fine Gael think-in, the Taoiseach said the retirement of Noirin O’Sullivan “presents a new opportunity – an opportunity for better management, for new leadership and also to bring about cultural and attitude change within in the gardaí”.

He said Ireland has one of the lowest crime rates in the western world “even though the gardai are often in the news for the wrong reasons”.

“I think as a country and as a people we should be very proud of our gardai – we shouldn’t forget the work they do every single day to fight crime, to prevent terrorism and to keep us safe,” he said.

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Mr Vardakar said the government is considering “all options” when it comes to recruiting a new garda chief, noting the candidate could come from Ireland or abroad.

Noirin O'Sullivan is retiring
Noirin O'Sullivan is retiring

“The most important thing is that the best person gets the job and that they’re in a position to bring the force forward,” he said.

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