Policing Authority 'a useless and ineffectual quango'

The Garda Síochána is under the control of the elected government, which is accountable to the Dáil, says Michael McDowell

17th September, 2017
Nóirín O’Sullivan, who is retiring as Garda commissioner following months of scandals

The report of the newly created Policing Authority makes alarming reading for two reasons – firstly, the omni-shambles it describes in Garda management, and secondly, the frightening picture it paints of the Policing Authority itself, a grim self-portrait.

In truth, the Policing Authority is not an authority at all; it is an ineffectual and redundant piece of political window-dressing established by Enda Kenny’s government as a knee-jerk reaction to the crisis in public confidence arising...

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