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How bad do things have to get before the Garda Commissioner is removed? – Quinlivan

12 April, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Speaking ahead of the Sinn Féin’s motion on the Garda Commissioner tonight, Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan asked how bad the situation must become, before the Government see fit to remove the Garda Commissioner from office.

Speaking from Leinster House, the Limerick City TD said:

“The public are fed up of controversy after controversy in the Gardaí and it is time for a change in management. In no other organisation or business would the chief remain in position after such outrageous revelations. 

“With the recent publication of the Fennelly Report, the revelations of the taping of phone calls does not even come as a shock, as we have become accustomed to what seems like a weekly revelation of wrongdoing; the wiping of penalty points, the outrageous treatment of whistle-blowers, phantom breath tests, wrongful convictions, financial irregularities in Templemore.

“The Garda Commissioner cannot sit back, take responsibility for totally unacceptable mismanagement and continue on like her apology fixes everything, it doesn’t. These most recent revelations are in addition to the many that have come before, and is now harming the fabric of an Garda Síochána – which is unacceptable.

“Public confidence in the Gardaí is on the floor, and this is not fair on the public, or on the thousands of hard working Gardaí to allow this fiasco to drag on.

“Why the Garda Commissioner wouldn’t resign herself beggars belief, and it is equally incomprehensible why the Government wouldn’t ask for such. At this stage, you have to ask how bad do things have to get before something is done about it.

“We now have a bizarre situation where Fianna Fáil, despite saying they can't express confidence in the commissioner, are still refusing to take the necessary action for fear it might trigger an election. When you include their massive U-turn on water charges yesterday, it is clear that Fianna Fáil party interests come ahead of everything else, including the public interest, and now people have the opportunity to see that.” 

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