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Refusal to remove Garda Commissioner shows Government is ‘wedded to the old way of doing things’ – McDonald

4 April, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the refusal of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to relieve the Garda Commissioner of her duties shows that the Government is “wedded to the old way of doing things”.

Deputy McDonald stated that the Government’s response to the litany of scandal at An Garda Síochána has been “wholly political” and not in best interests of accountable policing.

Speaking following Leaders Questions, Deputy McDonald said:

“The future of policing and justice in this state is at a crossroads. Public confidence in An Garda Síochána has been shattered by scandal after scandal.

“Today, I asked the Taoiseach to finally act decisively and to remove Nóirín O Sullivan as Garda Commissioner.

“People are scratching their heads wondering how somebody, who has presided over fiasco after fiasco, is still in her job.

“She has been given immunity by the failure of both the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice to hold her to account.

“The fact that the Taoiseach refuses to call time on Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s term in office shows that the Government is wedded to the old ways of doing things.

“The Government’s response to the litany of debacle at An Garda Síochána, and to the position of the Garda Commissioner, has been wholly political.

“That response has not been in the best interests of the Gardaí or the future of policing.

“It is clear that any review or inquiry, no matter how robust or comprehensive, cannot be successful while Nóirín O’Sullivan remains as Commissioner.

“The corruption, malpractice, and mismanagement in An Garda Síochána is happening on the Taoiseach’s watch.

“He must act now and relieve the Commissioner of her duties.” 

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