Thursday, 11 April 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Brendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour)
Since the publication of the Morris tribunal report a number of years ago, significant and far-reaching proposals for reform of An Garda Síochána have been made. Multiple reports and recommendations have been produced during the years. The Policing Authority report published yesterday assesses the progress of the modernisation programme which is now five years old. It is the seventh and final report produced by the Policing Authority and outlines the lack of connection of rank and file gardaí to the modernisation programme. It sets out the lack of impact on the front line where the necessity is most evident. The Minister for Justice and Equality said the report had been superseded by the report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. While we have had many programmes for change, the proof of the pudding will surely be in implementation of radical reform. What specifically does the Government intend to do to respond to the view of the Policing Authority that transformational change is simply not happening?