Greens call on Government to remove Commissioner O’Sullivan from office in the best interests of the Garda Síochána

15th May 2017

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The Green Party Justice & Equality spokesperson, Cllr. Roderic O’Gorman, has today called on the Government to use its powers under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 to remove Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan from office.

Speaking this morning, he said: “Under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Government may remove a Garda Commissioner from office where his or her ‘removal from office would, in the Government’s opinion, be in the best interests of the Garda Síochána’. The time has now come for the Government to apply this provision in respect of Commissioner O’Sullivan. The issue has now gone far beyond the Commissioner’s individual culpability for the scandal of the week. The problem is the continuous erosion of public trust in An Garda Síochána and the impact on internal morale within the force. It is simply not tenable for the current Commissioner to stay in her position.”  

“The removal of Commissioner O’Sullivan will allow the Policing Authority 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.”