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Government must demonstrate a commitment to real policing reform in light of Cooke Report – Pádraig Mac Lochainn TD

10 June, 2014 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Speaking after the publication of the Cooke Report Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD, said:

“The core findings by Justice Cooke are not a great surprise. In the shadowy world of modern surveillance, it is extremely difficult to find definitive evidence.

Indeed in conclusion 15 of the report, Justice Cooke states that he cannot categorically rule out the possibility that some form of unlawful surveillance took place and in conclusion 16, he acknowledges that further investigation may be necessary."

"What is clear however is that the environment that led to GSOC's concerns around their security was one of profound distrust between GSOC and the senior management of An Garda Síochána exemplified by the tensions created by GSOC's public interest investigation into why convicted drug dealer, Kieran Boylan had further serious drugs charges dropped in July 2008.

“Their public interest investigation examined the nature of the garda relationship with the drug dealer and GSOC heavily criticised the senior management of An Garda Síochána for their lack of cooperation with the investigation that delayed them for four years."

"The lessons must be learned from all of this. Public confidence in the administration of Justice has been rocked by all of these recent scandals and it must be restored.

“The Government must now demonstrate that they are serious about real policing reform and deal with these important issues in a comprehensive manner". 

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