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Justice Minister and Taoiseach have responsibility to address serious issues in O'Higgins Report - O'Brien

12 May, 2016 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking today, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien said the O’Higgins Report demonstrated that there were serious issues regarding Garda practices in Cavan/Monaghan.

The Cork North Central TD;

“Firstly it has been disappointing that the government decided to stage manage this report by selectively leaking sections over the past fortnight, then publishing it, while the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald left the country immediately afterwards. It is a far cry from the type of ‘good faith’ politics the Programme for Government promises.

“Secondly, while I acknowledge the report does not claim anyone is ‘corrupt’ it does point to major deficits in how Garda investigations were handled and it does not indicate who is going to be responsible for this malpractice.

“I am calling on the Minister for Justice and Equality and the Taoiseach to state in the Dáil what the government plan is to implement the recommendations of the report, particularly regarding adequately resourcing the Computer Crime Unit, immediately implementing a new performance management system within the Gardaí, introducing continuing professional development for PULSE, and making use of victim impact statements a standard court procedure.

“There are questions still standing over the Taoiseach’s handling of the whole affair and if it is found that the Dáil record needs to be corrected, then this must happen immediately.” 

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