Wednesday May 27, 2020

9 Challenges facing the new Garda Commissioner

The appointment of a senior PSNI officer to head the Garda Síochána marks a number of firsts. But Drew Harris faces a multitude of issues if the organisation is to be reformed and made more effective

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

1st July, 2018
Drew Harris, the new Garda Commissioner, at Government Buildings Picture: Maxwell

During the numerous Garda controversies, many opposition TDs were demanding the appointment of an outsider as Garda commissioner. The message was that there was no way of changing policing in Ireland until you change the hierarchy.

Drew Harris, the incoming Garda Comissioner is certainly an outsider – the first ever non-member of the force to get the post, the first Protestant and the first person from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to head...

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