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Government’s handling on Garda scandals is a scandal in itself – McDonald

11 May, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has told the Tánaiste, and Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald that the Government’s handling of the scandals surrounding the Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s leadership of An Garda Síochána is a scandal in itself.

Speaking during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil, she described Commissioner O’Sullivan leadership as “a conveyor belt of crises”.

Addressing the Tánaiste directly, Deputy McDonald said;

“Your handling of the scandals surrounding the Commissioner’s leadership of An Garda Síochána is a scandal in itself.

“This story is now wider than the Commissioner’s intransigence.

“We are now in the throes of a serious crisis of governance which fundamentally undermines the credibility of your government and the rule of law.

“This has been brought out by your absolute refusal to act, by your insistence that Commissioner O’Sullivan remains the best person to lead An Garda Síochána.

“The Commissioner needs to go. Her position is completely untenable.

“In no other walk of life, in no other job, would a person so compromised be allowed to remain in position.

“Your continued refusal to do your job will only ensure that ordinary people become even more angry, disillusioned, and alienated from politics in this state.

“You talk a lot about reform, Tánaiste, but you don’t mean it. You are bluffing.

“When will you stop bluffing? Remove the Commissioner and begin the process of real reform. That is what you must do.” 

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