Wednesday 13 December 2017

Before we rush to find a new commissioner...

The abrupt departure of ex-Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is a blow to a struggling minority Coalition, floundering about trying to fix a police force faced by a series of senior management problems. (stock photo)
The abrupt departure of ex-Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is a blow to a struggling minority Coalition, floundering about trying to fix a police force faced by a series of senior management problems. (stock photo)
Editorial

Editorial

Political fixes often get a bad name, ignoring that they are often what we require to continue functioning as a society. But political fixes are sometimes costly in the medium and longer term and come at too high a price.

The abrupt departure of ex-Garda commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan is a blow to a struggling minority Coalition, floundering about trying to fix a police force faced by a series of senior management problems. It is a specific blow to Fine Gael, which always prides itself on being the "party of law and order". It is entirely understandable, in the wake of her departure, that Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan would seek to move things swiftly onwards, putting the focus on the appointment of a new commissioner.

Clearly, the hope is talk about the "new broom" being sought will distract from the current malaise. Better again, let's talk of seeking that new leader overseas and, if necessary, pony up wads of cash to pay for "quality" at high international prices. There are good reasons for moving in that direction. But we have been in this space before.

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