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Government must move forward with a Patten style commission for Garda reform – Adams

11 September, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD

Speaking on his return from a weekend visit to New York, Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the resignation of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan.

The Sinn Féin President said:

“I welcome the resignation of Nóirín O’Sullivan. The issues facing an Garda Síochána are bigger than any single Commissioner. The responsibility for the failures to deal with these matters lies with successive governments.

“The culture of unaccountability in the Gardaí did not happen overnight. It grew over decades of successive Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil-led governments. This current Fine Gael-led government has continued that approach and supported the Commissioner and senior management of the Gardaí, despite mounting scandals. The Taoiseach this week reiterated his confidence in the Commissioner. That was a mistake.

“The government, as it did under Enda Kenny, has resisted the longstanding Sinn Féin proposal for a Patten style commission, and a commitment by government to enact its recommendations. This is essential to ensure a fully open and accountable policing services that operates to the highest international standards. This needs to happen urgently.” 

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