Gardaí shackled by reforms, says former commissioner
Former ministers agree force is at risk of politicisation by government as well as opposition
The state’s former top-ranking garda believes that the force is being shackled by recent reforms which are making it “extremely difficult” for rank-and-file gardaí to do their jobs.
Pat Byrne, who was commissioner between 1996 and 2003, made the comments in an interview with former garda superintendent-turned-whistleblower David Taylor as part of Taylor’s academic thesis on the subject of politicisation of An Garda Síochána.
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