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New Taoiseach but same old story when it comes to Garda Commissioner – McDonald

21 June, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s expression of confidence in Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan means that “the credibility of his Government is already broken”.

She also said that the Taoiseach’s position means that he is not serious about Garda reform.

Speaking following an exchange with Mr Varadkar today at Leaders Questions, Deputy McDonald said:

“We have a new Taoiseach but we are getting the same old story when it comes to the Garda Commissioner; a refusal to engage with reality and accept responsibility to act.

“It is incredible that anybody, never mind the head of government, would seriously argue that Commissioner O’Sullivan is the right person to rebuild public confidence in policing.

“There is a catalogue of controversy surrounding the Garda Commissioner. The latest revelation is that she knowingly misled the C&AG regarding the integrity of Garda finances. 

“The question must now be asked; just how compromised must this Garda Commissioner become before she loses the confidence on the government? 

“The Taoiseach's expression of confidence in the Garda Commissioner demonstrates that he is not serious about Garda reform. 

“His refusal to act makes this not only a crisis in policing but also a crisis of leadership in this state.

“There is no way that the level of reform needed in An Garda Síochána can take place while the current Commissioner remains at the helm.

“Leo Varadkar has clearly decided to continue the toxic legacy of Enda Kenny's handling of the crisis in policing and justice.

“This is not progressive. It is not in the best interests of An Garda Síochána. It is just business as usual.” 

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