Gardaí shackled by reforms, says former commissioner

Former ministers agree force is at risk of politicisation by government as well as opposition

13th November, 2016
Gardaí wait to receive atheir diplomas at the Garda training college in Templemore

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.

“I think...

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