Crowe - Urgent action needed to tackle system that allows Garda corruption to go unpunished
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West Sean Crowe speaking at a meeting organised by Donegal man Frank McBrearty to launch a national anti-corruption network said that ‘urgent action is needed to tackle a system that allows Garda corruption to go unpunished.’ He called for the immediate establishment of a fully independent complaints procedure under a single Garda Ombudsman and for fundamental reform of the Garda Síochána.
Deputy Crowe said:
“Hundreds of people came to the Mansion House today to talk about the injustices that they suffered at the hands of the Garda Síochána. People came not just from Dublin or Donegal but every county in Ireland and they were crying out for someone not just to listen but to address what happened to their families.
“In the aftermath of the Morris Tribunal reports, the Minister of Justice had an opportunity to address these problems and he refused to do so. He refused to introduce community policing partnerships and he refused to establish a fully independent complaints procedure under a single Garda Ombudsman.
“This campaign, which is just in its infancy, will not go away until there is real, accountable policing. It will not go away until a single Garda Ombudsman’s office is established.
"The days of the Gardaí investigating themselves on any issue are over. It is time that the Gardaí and the Minister for Justice accepted that and started the process of reform so that the Gardai can be returned to a position where they have the widest possible respect from and co-operation of the people they serve.”ENDS