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Adams urges Taoiseach to remove Garda Commissioner from office

9 May, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking at Leaders Question today in the Dáil, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD urged the Taoiseach to remove Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan from office.

Teachta Adams said;

“Further damning documentation has been given to the Public Accounts Committee which completely undermines the account given last Thursday by Commissioner O’Sullivan about her conversation with Executive Director of Human Resources, Mr John Barrett regarding financial irregularities in Templemore.

“This is just the latest in a long list of scandal surrounding the management of An Garda Síochána.

“It is incredible that the Taoiseach has reiterated his confidence in the Garda Commissioner.

“The Commissioner’s position is untenable.

“It is not easy to understand why the Taoiseach will not remove her from office. There is no rational explanation.

“The majority of parties in Leinster House now want the Commissioner to go.

“The Taoiseach needs to act.

“In the best interests of An Garda Síochána, and for the sake of the people of this state, the Commissioner needs to go and go now.”

Commenting after the exchange with the Taoiseach, Teachta Adams said;

“Root & branch reform of An Garda Síochána cannot happen while Nóirín O Sullivan remains in office. However, the Taoiseach has again refused to acknowledge that the Garda Commissioner needs to go.

“No one in the upper echelons of this state is held to account by the state.

“When it comes to the position of the Garda Commissioner, Enda Kenny is clearly wedded to this principle. He is assisted in this by the Fianna Fáil leader’s do-nothing position. Despite Fianna Fáil recent expresses of no confidence in the Commissioner, Micheál Martin has not raised this with the Taoiseach.” 

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