Monday 19 February 2018

Force should be representative of community as a whole

Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan
Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

Why are we not attracting more women into An Garda Síochána? The appointment of Nóirín O'Sullivan as the State's first female Commissioner of the force capped a remarkable rise of women in the justice sector, yet only one-in-five recruits to the force is a woman.

Commissioner O'Sullivan and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald have contributed significantly to a rebalancing of the scales of justice (or is it power?) in favour of women, joining Chief Justice Susan Denham, Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus, Chief State Solicitor Eileen Creedon and others who occupy senior roles in critical areas of public life.

Many institutions, including politics, business, the judiciary and the Gardaí, have traditionally been slow to attract, retain and promote women.

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