Tuesday 24 April 2018

Jargon-filled Garda renewal plan fails to address the force's malaise

The renewal plan is a battery-powered scooter when we need something more high-powered

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Photo: Damien Eagers
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Photo: Damien Eagers
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

Thursday's launch of the Garda five-year Modernisation and Renewal Programme had an air of 'too little, too late' about it.

Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan is busily putting in place her chosen team to steward the force through the next five years of "modernisation" and "renewal" as outlined in her blueprint document. More than two dozen senior appointments and reassignments are expected over the next month before control over senior promotions passes to the new Policing Authority under former Revenue boss Josephine Feehily.

So many senior positions are being filled that sources in Garda HQ say that almost all other work has come to a standstill.

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