Press Release GSRMA Root & Branch Review of An Garda Siochana

Garda review to be most ambitious since founding of State

Representative groups question why no former Gardaí are on review commission

Garda Siochana Retired Members Association (GSRMA) add their voice to concerns as to why no serving or retired member of An Garda Siochana has been included in the panel of participants to conduct the latest root and branch review of the force.  General Secretary Paschal Feeney stated it is obvious that experience counts for naught when it comes to logic in selecting the panel of examiners. One only has to look at the menu for consideration in the review. The commission will examine whether the Gardaí should retain the responsibility for community safety, State security and immigration or whether separate bodies should be established. It will investigate management and supervisory structures, recruitment and training of members and the culture and ethos of the force. The members will also assess breaches of discipline, how complaints against the police are adjudicated and the oversight of An Garda Síochána. Therefore in his opinion retired members of An Garda Siochana, are best placed.

An independent root-and-branch review of An Garda Síochána will not issue a final report for 16 months but may provide a series of rolling recommendations to the Government.

Kathleen O’Toole, the chief of police in Seattle who is to chair the 12-person commission, said it would be the most ambitious review of Irish policing since the foundation of the State.

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald received approval from the Cabinet on Tuesday on the scope of the inquiry into the structures of the force and its membership.

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An independent root-and-branch review of An Garda Síochána will not issue a final report for 16 months but may provide a series of rolling recommendations to the Government.

Kathleen O’Toole, the chief of police in Seattle who is to chair the 12-person commission, said it would be the most ambitious review of Irish policing since the foundation of the State.

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald received approval from the Cabinet on Tuesday on the scope of the inquiry into the structures of the force and its membership.

Among those participating in the review are former Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission member and former editor of The Irish Times Conor BradyDublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Noeline Blackwell and several academics.

However, the commission’s membership has been criticised by members of the force, with the Garda Representative Association claiming the opinions of rank-and-file members were being ignored.

Antoinette Cunningham, President of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, also questioned why no serving or retired Gardaí were participating.

Ms O’Toole said she hoped to be allowed to bring forward immediate proposals for reform and make recommendations as deemed necessary for implementation in the short term.

Ms O’Toole’s start date is unknown but it is expected she will occupy the role on a full-time basis.

5 Responses to Press Release GSRMA Root & Branch Review of An Garda Siochana

  1. Declan May 18, 2017 at 11:46 pm #

    Frankly I am disgusted that there is no input on the group from either serving or retired.

    This commission is referred to as THE FUTURE POLICING OF IRELAND.

    One thing about this group of people who are deemed to be proficient in Irish Policing is that they have omitted to have a retired member of an Garda Siochana…who would be in a perfect position to advise on the difficulties of Policing in Ireland. And remember this is not the UK or Canada or Seattle , this is good old Ireland or have we completely lost our status as an Irish nation..being advised totally by people from outside this country.

  2. John Brennan May 19, 2017 at 10:53 pm #

    Maybe they would be better off implementing some of the recommendations in the many “root and branch” reports that have been commissioned going back as far as the Conroy Commission.
    Are they prepared to provide the resources to ensure adequate staff training and supervision levels when invariably recommended in this new review?

  3. Eugene May 23, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    It is no surprise that there is no retired or serving member on this commission. They do not want to hear what the Garda on the ground has to say so why would they want to listen to a retired member. An old fellow might have too much knowledge for those that think they know it all. Down the years they changed training methods and introduced all sorts of courses, and in my estimation, made the situation a lot worse every time. They got rid of the “square bashing” years ago, all emphasis of Namsy Pamsy stuff. Discipline went out the window years ago, recently we even heard the Minister herself telling recruits to disobey orders if they did not agree with them.Why do we need Americans , British or University professors to tell us how policing should be done in this country. Have any of them asked for our advise for their own countries recently?, I don’t think so. A fe years ago, the Americans made a statement about Abbeylara that most people in this country would not agree with. This is a load of nonsense.

  4. patrick joseph mc May 24, 2017 at 8:37 am #

    Phil Coulter on Sunday with Miriam on R.T.E gave a great account of his R. U. C father last Sunday ,he could have been describing many members of the Garda Siochana down the years, One of the most Balanced articles I saw written was written by a man with no Garda Connection Fergus Finlay in the examiner, where he stated the true facts in that understaffed front line stretched themselves for decades to provide a service which could not be perfect when examined decades later. James Grogan a Solicitor who wrote an article on the Capacity Act in Siochan a Gsrma member who recieved the most serious injuries on duty nor the sergeant in Cork who recieved horrific injuries and many more are not worthy of consideration. The people who paid the ultimate sacrifice that were being remembered last SATURDAY show the real price paid by families. It suits the present policy of collective blame not to have any connection with the Garda Siochana , As regards Outsiders knowing better I do not consider U S A the best example of policing by consent . WRONG DOING IS WRONG BY ANY CITIZEN AND DEAL WITH THAT PERSON BUT DO NOT BLAME ALL FOR THE ACTIONS OF A FEW. Many people devote many hours free to society in all walks of life but they are never heard of but they are the backbone of civilization

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