Opinion Editorial

Sunday 25 February 2018

Enough talking – action needed on Garda reform

Justice Minster Frances Fitzgerald
Justice Minster Frances Fitzgerald

The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald 'set out her stall' in the pages of the Irish Independent last Monday when she declared the need for a fundamental change in the "structure and culture" of the Garda Siochana. She also said that "a series of systemic failings have caused massive controversy and generated mistrust in the police service".

Speaking at the MacGill Summer School last night the acting Garda Commissioner Noreen O'Sullivan agreed that the force was "damaged"; "hurting" and "in need of change". Recent controversies have focused the public mind on instances "where we have not lived up to our own standards" she said.

However, she disagreed that the force was "broken" or that the Minister for Justice has said it is.

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