Friday 20 July 2018

Garda force doesn't need huge RUC-style reforms

Drew Harris is expected to bring in his own team, which is sure to put some noses out of joint in Garda headquarters

Landmark appointment: Drew Harris’s role as the new Garda Commissioner is causing much debate
Landmark appointment: Drew Harris’s role as the new Garda Commissioner is causing much debate

Eilis O'Hanlon

There's a scene in Neil Jordan's film about Michael Collins when a group of hard men from the old Royal Irish Constabulary are despatched to Dublin to put down the gathering War of Independence.

"There's a new regime in here," their leader declares as he heads out of Dublin Castle to a waiting car, "and it's starting now." (That last word being pronounced in that classic strangulated Ulster way that makes it sound more like "nigh" or "niy").

His last words before climbing into the car are: "A bit of Belfast efficiency is what they need."

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