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Discipline and accountability must be introduced to Gardaí

1 September, 2006

Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy should be made to face up to his own responsibilities in relation to the findings of the Morris Tribunal. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the state doesn't need a Garda Commissioner who will sit around crying about the tribunal's findings but one who will take urgent action to introduce discipline and accountability to the force.

Responding to Commissioner Conroy's public statement today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Noel Conroy was an assistant commissioner in charge of the crime and security division in Garda HQ at the time of the bogus explosives finds in Donegal. As such he carrys a degree of responsibility himself for the management oversight failures that allowed serious Garda corruption to occur and continue. He should be made to face up to the consequences of this truth by the Minister for Justice.

"Commissioner Conroy is also responsible for promoting certain Gardaí who were involved in internal Garda inquiries in Donegal but who found nothing wrong. This points to a policy of 'looking after your own' and these people now hold senior positions within the Gardaí.

"He says the findings from the Tribunal hurt. Well sometimes the truth hurts but the people don't need a Garda Commissioner who sits around crying. He needs to take urgent action to introduce discipline and accountability in the force. If he is not going to do it he should be removed and somebody who will take responsibility should replace him. In stark contrast to the Commissioner's assertion that new management initiatives address the issues raised by the Tribunal it is clear from the fact that Morris felt the need to repeat in his fifth report the recommendations of his previous reports that little or nothing has been done. The Commissioner, the Minister for Justice and indeed the establishment parties remain in denial at the extent of indiscipline and corruption in the force." ENDS

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