Green Party welcome resignation of Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan

10th September 2017

The Green Party welcomed the resignation of the Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan this evening.

Speaking in response to the resignation, Green Party Justice Spokesperson, Councillor Roderic O’Gorman said: “The position of Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has been the source of controversy for some time, and we welcome her resignation this evening.

“Public confidence in the force has not recovered under her stewardship, and while she deserves credit for kick-starting long overdue reform in the Gardaí, the way she has handled repeated controversies has left a lot to be desired. Her performance at the Public Accounts Committee, in particular, did not inspire confidence in the senior management of An Garda Síochána.

“The Commissioner’s resignation presents the opportunity to restore public confidence in An Garda Síochána. The Policing Authority will now undertake the new process for appointing a Commissioner which is set out in the Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015. Under this process, it is the Policing Authority which undertakes the recruitment process and recommends the candidate for Garda Commissioner to the Government. A new Commissioner, appointed under this open process, would have a strong mandate to undertake the major reforms that are so clearly needed in An Garda Síochána.

“The Commission for the Future of Policing, which starts in the next few weeks, now offers a real opportunity to bring about wide ranging reform and renewal to the entire force, under new leadership.”