External oversight should be bedrock of accountability for Garda force
Ploughing and policing are poles apart. So, the publication of the policing report on the same day that 100,000 decamped the annual agri-fest in windswept Tullamore meant a muted media response.
The Government's anaemic "noting" of the recommendations was indicative of its priority not to commit to more than the existing €1.6bn expenditure on policing. The report's absence of a financial compass, costings or future budgeting allows it to accompany previous strategic analysis - cherry-picking, with only occasional genuflections.
The lack of a headline-grabbing idea, like a name change for An Garda Síochána or a proposal to bear firearms/tasers, meant it didn't catch the public imagination. But fatigue with controversies shouldn't deter us from modernising the Garda by its centenary year of 2022.