Saturday 21 April 2018

Public expects some serious change in our police force

Unease with An Garda Siochana will deepen unless the problems are dealt with, writes Gene Kerrigan

Sophie Toscan du Plantier
Sophie Toscan du Plantier
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

The public, according to the latest Sunday Independent/ Millward Brown poll, seems to pretty much expect serious change in the Garda Siochana. Which isn't too surprising – given the GSOC scandal; and the Garda Gossip Squad peddling titbits about those politicians who assisted the whistleblowers; and the recording of telephone calls in garda stations.

Not to mention the resignation of the Confidential Recipient; the resignation of the Garda Commissioner; the failure of the Department of Justice to deliver a letter to the minister and the resignation of Alan Shatter – whose fingernails left deep scratches across his desk, as Enda Kenny pulled him kicking and screaming towards the shredder marked Political Careers.

And that's before we get to the Guerin Report, and the six years during which the political and Garda establishment stood solidly against the efforts of Sergeant Maurice McCabe to stop the rot and push the force to hold to professional standards.

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