Garda chief must fight gardaí's corner - not just manage them
Flanked by a phalanx of her top brass, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan stepped once more into the breach as she was called before her political masters this week. She gave a credible performance.
Whilst it was not a particularly powerful counterforce against the most recent whistle-blowers charges laid against her, neither was there the slightest whiff of regret from the commissioner on display.
With the disconnect between management and rank-and-file gardaí now as big as the Grand Canyon, the commissioner's patience may be wearing thin, but her perseverance is not.