Greens renew call for ‘oversight commissioner’ to drive Garda reform following child sex abuse investigaton failures

28th February 2018

Green Party Justice Spokesperson, Cllr Roderic O’Gorman has renewed his call for an ‘oversight commissioner’ to be appointed to oversee the implementation of various reports into Garda reform.
Cllr. O’Gorman made his comments following today’s report from the Garda Inspectorate on Responding to Child Sex Abuse, which noted that only 45% of the recommendations it made in its 2012 report have been fully implemented.
Speaking today, he said: “Today’s report from the Garda Inspectorate which shows that only 45% of the recommendations it made in 2012 in respect of improving how child sex abuse allegations are investigated have been fully implemented, demonstrates again how the implementation of reform by An Garda Síochana is not being progressed efficiently. It has to be a major concern to everyone that six years after its original report, less than half of the recommendations have been completed. While the fault in this does not lie solely with An Garda Síochana, it is further evidence of the slow pace of reform.
“We are again calling for the creation of an ‘oversight commissioner’ position to drive the implementation of all existing reports from the Garda Inspectorate, along with the recommendations that will come from the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. Such a position was created in Northern Ireland in order to secure the full implementation of the Patton Report. The position would be time limited with a five year term, within which reforms would have to be implemented.
“The Gardaí need assistance with the huge task of modernisation and reform. Appointing an ‘oversight commissioner’ would mean that an independent person, unencumbered by the day-to-day running of the force, would be able to support the Gardaí in making these much needed changes.”