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Decision of Garda Commissioner is adding insult to injury

11 June, 2005


Sinn Fein spokesperson on Justice, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has described as "adding insult to injury" the decision of the Garda Commissioner to transfer five of the Gardai named in the Morris Report to duties in Dublin.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"The decision of the Garda Commissioner to transfer five of the Gardaí named in the Morris Report to duties in Dublin is a scandal and is adding insult to injury. All those Gardaí named in the Morris Report should be suspended from duty immediately and not be allowed to resign on full pension or merely transferred into different positions.

"If this is the Commissioners idea of punishment then it just adds to the serious concerns many members of the public have about his suitability for the role.

"How can the general public have any confidence in a police service where there is no accountability and where a culture of closing ranks goes all the way to the top? This case highlights the need for total Garda reform and it needs to go far beyond that currently recommended by the Justice Minister." ENDS

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