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We need a modern police force for a modern state – Ó Clochartaigh

11 February, 2015


Sinn Féin’s Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has called on the government to modernise policing in Ireland.  Speaking during debate in the Seanad on the Garda Siochana Amendment Bill 2014,

 Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“I welcome the legislation to reform policing in Ireland, even if it is long overdue.”

“The past three years have been very disturbing in terms of the administration and application of justice in the State.

“Public confidence has been undermined by the incompetence and arrogance of the government and by its shambolic handling of the various episodes that have come to light.

“Sinn Féin has called time and again for an independent policing authority.

“We believe such an Authority is integral to the reform of policing in the State.

 “Also we endorse the Oireachtas Committee’s recommendations for the establishment of a Criminal Justice Inspectorate.

“The Inspectorate would be responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of the workings of organisations within the criminal justice sector.

“The bodies under its the remit would include An Garda Síochána; Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission; The Director of Public Prosecutions; The Probation Service; The Courts Service; The Irish Youth Justice Service.

“There are important lessons to be gained from reform of policing in the north.

“We want an open and transparent policing service in the south.  

“What we need is a policing service free from partisan political control that has operational independence and is committed to transparency and accountability.  

“We need a modern policing service that is fit for purpose in a 21st century democracy.”

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