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Comments of Future of Policing Commission Chair must be given consideration – Ó Laoghaire

27 September, 2017 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has said that the work of the Future of Policing Commission, should inform the recruitment process of the new Commissioner.

Speaking today following the meeting of the Justice Committee, he stated that this work was clearly relevant, but that there the appointment should be delayed inordinately.

Deputy Ó Laoghaire said:

“The intervention on Kathleen O’Toole must be taken on board as it is quite a significant contribution she has made. Clearly, she is a person who was involved in the Patten Commissioner, and has a clear understanding of what is required for comprehensive policing reform. These comments would not have been made lightly.

“It appears to indicate that the Commission on the future of Policing is considering far reaching and radical reform, which is welcome, and perhaps also to the role of the Garda Commissioner.

“From the outset, we have set out our view that this is a process not to be rushed and that this appointment is crucial to ensure far reaching reform of An Garda Síochána. The Policing Authority has already made clear that it may be several months before they can even begin the process of recruitment of a new Commissioner, which would then take 6 months.

“However, there should not be in inordinate delay in the recruitment process. And the process of Garda reform should continue apace, in the intervening period, with additional powers for the Policing Authority.

“I believe Kathleen O’Toole and the Commission should prioritise outlining the role of the incoming Commissioner, and consult with the Authority on what reforms are anticipated. This could then be incorporated into the advertising of the role in the hope of making the appointment as efficient as possible.” 

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