Tuesday 12 December 2017

An Garda Siochana needs to be fixed, not disbanded

Equating gardai with the police in the North in the bad old days of the Troubles is a dangerous road

'The guards have shown gross incompetence, and then engaged in cover-ups to hide it; calling for Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan to stand down, or be fired, is a reasonable position to hold' (stock photo)
'The guards have shown gross incompetence, and then engaged in cover-ups to hide it; calling for Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan to stand down, or be fired, is a reasonable position to hold' (stock photo)

Eilis O'Hanlon

Speaking on RTE radio a couple of weeks ago, Gerry Adams called for a "Patten-type approach" to Garda reform, before adding: "Now I'm not trying to draw comparisons between the old RUC and An Garda Siochana."

So why mention the Royal Ulster Constabulary at all, unless it was to make a mental connection in listeners' minds between the two police forces, both hated by republicans?

But then Sinn Fein would say that, wouldn't they?

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