Friday February 28, 2020

Analysis: Spectre of unpoliced streets overshadows watchdog debut

Policing Authority makes first appearance before Oireachtas committee

2nd October, 2016
Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice, who appears in front of the Justice Committee this week Picture: Fergal Phillips

"Our job is a marathon, not a sprint,” Josephine Feehily, Chairperson of the Policing Authority told the Joint Justice Committee last Wednesday morning.

If the fledgling watchdog burst into the public consciousness last May with a tautly phrased statement demanding answers from Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan over the damning fallout from the O’Higgins inquiry, the message since then has been softer, more tempered.

This was Feehily’s...

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