Monday, September 29, 2014
Dáil Éireann - 15/May/2014 Guerin Report: Statements (Continued)Chapter 19.33 reads: “It has sent out a message to the force that if you ignore your duty, are grossly negligent, hide and cover up, you will be deemed suitable for promotions.” That is a very important statement in the report. I talk to members of the Garda regularly. Family members serve in the force. They talk about the need for a meritocracy within the Garda Síochána. Once one gets above the rank of sergeant, promotion seems to be based on political decisions.?
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Extradition case sparked controversial GSOC report - Independent.ie,GSOC was later approached by a retired garda who said he was the source of the information relating to Gerry Burke - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/extradition-case-sparked-controversial-gsoc-report?
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Garda watchdog may have blown our trust for good - Herald.ie,There is now good reason to suspect that this information is liable to leak - which should concern any citizen who wants to make a complaint about garda conduct.??
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Dail’s spending watchdog has criticised the practice of gardai conducting internal reports into contentious issues in the aftermath of the penalty points debacle. Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) John McGuinness said: “The day of internal reports or secret reports is over.”He made the comments at a meeting of the PAC this morning after another committee member, Shane Ross, described an internal report on the penalty points issue by Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahony as being “soft on the gardai”.Mr Ross said gardai should “never again” be able to do an internal report, suggesting serious issues should be the subject of outside scrutiny.Mr O’Mahony’s report found no evidence of corruption or deception, but recommended three senior members of the force face disciplinary proceedings. - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/pac-member-internal-garda-penalty-points-report-was-soft-on-the-force?
Monday, September 22, 2014
How corruption costs us more than just money - Independent.ieOnly a handful of errant politicians and public officials have ever been jailed. The cost to the people of Ireland is more than money. The apparent immunity of people engaged in corruption has undermined public confidence in the rule of law and the effectiveness of government and administration. - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/john-downing/how-corruption-costs-us-more-than-just-money?
Corrupt TDs to be banned from office for a decade - Independent.ie,A long series of tribunals and court cases has heard evidence of corruption in public life down the decades, but there have been hardly any convictions. - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/corrupt-tds-to-be-banned-from-office-for-a-decade-???????
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Are some guards still above the law? Part of the new culture I hope to usher in will be to ensure that among members the truth will always trump loyalty to the force. That will be in your hands. If you want an example, you could do worse than look at Sergeant Maurice McCabe, the man who brought these allegations to my attention. He has proven to be right in the past, and he may well be right now. If so, we will acknowledge that some in the force are finding change very difficult and if such individuals can’t be a part of the future, your future, then they will be consigned to the past.” ?
Are some guards still above the law?
CHANGE is a serious dose. Change is difficult and painful, and it can be excruciating. So it goes for an individual. For an organisation in which resides great power, change can be the harbinger of tremendous upheaval.
Change, we are told, is blowing through the culture in An Garda Síochána. This is as a direct result of the recent oversight controversies and attitudes towards a member of the force who highlighted wrongdoing until it was finally addressed.?
ECAN bulletin issue 23, June 2014 3 Brinsford: A prison of filth and failure Following a damning report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (23 April), Chief Inspector Nick Hardwick named Brinsford prison as the worst prison he has come across during his tenure. Responding to the report, Chief Executive of the Howard League Frances Crook said “This report should also be a wake-up call for magistrates who need to "Stop Sending Teenagers To Dangerous And Failing Institutions"…? and should instead make use of robust and effective community sentences run by probation services and available in their local areas” . The report finds higher rates of self-harm than other prisons, unsafe arrival procedures, and 15 out of an earlier 18 recommendations still to be met?
Friday, September 19, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Dept. of Justice: Still closed and secretive September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized by Anthony | 3 comments The former Secretary General at the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell, resigned from his office on 28 July last. Purcell resigned following a damning report that found a ‘closed, secretive, silo-driven culture’ at the department with ‘significant leadership and management problems.’ I rang the Dept. of Justice today for an update on Mr. Purcell’s position and experienced that closed, secretive culture at first hand. I eventually got on to a civil servant who has not yet being infected with the secrecy virus.?
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Mr Pringle told the minister that not only had the judge used confidential information obtained from gardai to sway a court, but that the information used was incorrect. - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/judge-received-garda-leaks-on-private-citizens?
Monday, September 8, 2014
WHAT IF?For Deaf Children | | Oconnellpadd13's Blog,“For deaf children, there can often be "No Cry For Help”. Until today, this story has remained a secret. Some fear it is just the tip of something much uglier and that the abuse of deaf children across the country is far more widespread.?AND WHEN THERE IS A CRY FOR HELP DO THEY GET IT???????CHECK”ALL”REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’S ABUSE HELP LINES? - See more at: http://liberties13.blogspot.ie?
Friday, September 5, 2014
Stag party garda cleared of affray after kicking man to protect brother - Independent.ie,Stag party garda cleared of affray after kicking man to protect brother - Independent.ieA GARDA has been cleared of affray after a judge found "he was entitled to kick a man who attacked his brother" during a drunken brawl. - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/stag-party-garda-cleared-of-affray-after-kicking-man-to-protect-brother? - See more at: http://liberties13.blogspot.ie?
Monday, September 1, 2014
Trouble ahead for gardai and justice minister as inquiries' findings due - Independent.ie,GIVEN the scalp rate to date, you'd think the worst was over for the various arms of the State's security apparatuses. The scandals that swamped the Department of Justice and the gardai earlier this year have taken out a Garda Commissioner, a justice minister and came close to toppling the garda watchdog, while a senior civil servant is walking wounded and the Department he presided over got a kicking for being secretive with the public and obsequious with gardai. And it's not over yet. - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/trouble-ahead-for-gardai-and-justice-minister-as-inquiries-findings-due?15/11/1963,26/9/2000.?