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Garda needs new management for commissioner to succeed

Unless there is change in the Justice Department's role, there's no chance of reform in the force, writes John O'Brien

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Responsbility: Minister for Justice Charles Flanagan

Responsbility: Minister for Justice Charles Flanagan

Responsbility: Minister for Justice Charles Flanagan

The current blurb on the vacancy for the Garda Commissioner runs something like this: Salary no problem; Policing experience not essential; Apply within.

Does anyone seriously think appointing a new commissioner will solve the problems facing the Department of Justice and An Garda Siochana? Do the conditions exist where a new commissioner would make the slightest difference to the reforming project?


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