Monday 19 February 2018

Coalition cannot survive the loss of another Garda Commissioner

Garda Commissioner Noírín O’Sullivan has reiterated that the force’s trust and integrity is on the line, and has called on individual gardaí to step up to the mark with the highest standards Picture: Mark Condren
Garda Commissioner Noírín O’Sullivan has reiterated that the force’s trust and integrity is on the line, and has called on individual gardaí to step up to the mark with the highest standards Picture: Mark Condren
John Downing

John Downing

Last time Taoiseach Enda Kenny began moves which led to the replacement of a Garda Commissioner, it started a chain reaction. It was followed by the loss of a secretary general in the Department of Justice, and later the departure of the Justice Minister, with controversies which still resonate.

This time, in any moves concerning the future of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan, the chain reaction could go all the way back to Government Buildings and Mr Kenny's own office. Questions will even be asked about whether this minority hybrid Coalition can survive the loss of Commissioner O'Sullivan.

The Government, especially Mr Kenny and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, have continued to express their confidence in Commissioner O'Sullivan. Fianna Fáil, which has been more equivocal in its support up to now, has finally kicked over the traces.

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