Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking in Cork this evening at the launch of the European election campaign for Liadh Ní Riada, party candidate in the Ireland South constituency, said “the succession of debacles around policing and justice has politicised many citizens and alerted them to the reality that this government is not capable of introducing a radicle reform programme for policing and justice which is citizen centred, transparent and rights based.”
Mr Adams said;
“Alan Shatter was not alone in arrogantly dismissing the concerns of the whistleblowers. Nor was he alone in undermining GSOC over the alleged bugging scandal or in deciding to sack the confidential recipient.
“The former Minister for Justice was robustly and on a daily basis defended and supported by the Taoiseach and Tanaiste and every cabinet minister.
“This government is not genuinely committed to a fundamental and deep rooted reform of policing and justice, including the establishment of an independent policing authority.
“They have been pulled kicking and screaming to this position. The people who deserve the greatest credit are the whistleblowers.
“They have demonstrated what a citizen can do against much more powerful forces.
“This European and local government election is the first opportunity for a genuine democratic revolution and the first step in citizens plotting a new course for the future.”