Saturday 20 January 2018

Jody Corcoran: No wonder the State is in such a state

Fennelly Commission has laid bare a crisis that exists within the entire system of public administration, writes Jody Corcoran

Mr Justice Nial Fennelly
Mr Justice Nial Fennelly
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

Just over a year ago, an independent review highlighted a "closed, secretive and silo driven culture" in the Department of Justice. The Guerin Report said there were "leadership and management" problems; "ineffective management processes and structures"; the department was not "sufficiently focused on key strategic priorities"; emerging issues were not "identified and managed proactively"; relationships with key agencies tended to be "informal and unstructured without strong central management".

Last week, the Fennelly Commission showed these controversial, and contested, findings to be true, and highlighted further pressing concerns besides.

The commission report shows that issues related to the Department of Justice are more widespread, can be said to relate to the criminal justice system as a whole and also - more alarmingly - could extend to the entire system of public administration in this country.

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