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Audit paints very worrying picture of internal culture in Gardaí – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

4 May, 2018 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has said it’s evident that the new Commissioner has much work to do when the candidate is eventually selected.

Teachta Ó Laoghaire said;

“Today’s audit bears out what many whistle-blowers have experienced in recent years, and confirms suspicions that speaking out is certainly not encouraged, and there is a culture of fear because of the potential consequences for doing so.

“The fact that only 3 of 12 phones used by ex-Commissioners O’Sullivan and Callinan could be located and handed over to the tribunal is not credible, and frankly disgraceful.

“I know the process of appointing a new Commissioner is under way, and that the Minister is hoping to rush that process, but I think today’s report underlines the vast amount of work that is required in reforming the Gardaí.

“A major shift in culture is required, and we must move away from the current culture of secrecy and impunity, towards one of transparency and proper accountability.

“It is absolutely essential that the Commission on the Future of Policing bring forward radical proposals reforming both structure and culture in AGS, and the Government must also come at it from a radical perspective when implementing these recommendations.  

“Policing in this State is at a vital crossroads, and the successful candidate for the role of the new Garda Commissioner has much work to do.”

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