Sunday 17 December 2017

Gardaí in dire need of a commissioner to lead them in right direction

An Garda Síochána has served us well, but the force is at a fork in the road

Supt David Taylor with then Commissioner Martin Callinan and Deputy Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan in 2013 Photo: Damien Eagers / Irish Independent
Supt David Taylor with then Commissioner Martin Callinan and Deputy Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan in 2013 Photo: Damien Eagers / Irish Independent
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Until the whistleblower controversy blew up, An Garda Síochána was like an enclosed order, operating by its own rules and closing ranks to protect 'one of their own' and the reputation of the force.

It was a frame of mind that became ingrained as the squad bike was replaced by the squad car, and the gardaí retreated from the streets to the garda stations.

There was a low-level culture of 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours'. It wasn't corrupt, but it wasn't very 'ethical' - although such words didn't mean much in those days.

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