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O’Brien calls for implementation timeframe for Garda recommendations

19 October, 2016 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking following the appearance of the Garda Inspectorate before the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Justice Deputy Jonathan O’Brien called on the government to pay careful attention to the recommendations being made by the organisation and then actually implement them.

Deputy O’Brien said:

“The Garda Inspectorate appeared before the Justice Committee today and it was very productive.

“Clearly, if we are take anything away from it, it is that there are multiple outstanding recommendations from the reports produced by the Inspectorate that have not been implemented and that the culture within the Gardaí is one of the biggest barriers to effectively reforming the service.

“According to the Inspectorate, there are around 1,500 serving Gardaí in non-operational roles that could be moved in to patrol duties and replaced with civilians. That amounts to around 14% of the total number of gardaí

“The Inspectorate also need to be allowed to visit stations unannounced in order that they may get a clearer and more accurate picture of what is going on at ground level.

“The Minister now has a responsibility to liaise with the Garda Commissioner and outline a timeframe for the implementation of all the unresolved recommendations.” 

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