February 24, 2017
The Social Democrats have today reiterated their call for the Garda Commissioner to step aside for the duration of the inquiry into the treatment of Sergeant Maurice McCabe and other whistleblowers. We propose that the Commissioner would be replaced by an international senior police officer, in a caretaker capacity, for the period of the investigation.
Social Democrats Co-Leader Catherine Murphy TD said:
“We find it inexplicable that the Garda Commissioner would remain in-situ for the duration of the Charleton Inquiry. We believe that the Commissioner remaining in place is neither appropriate nor conducive to a strong, fair and impartial investigation of all the facts and circumstances surrounding the recent controversy.”
“The Commissioner holds a pivotal role in disciplinary procedures within An Garda Siochana and it is wholly inappropriate to continue to exercise that function while herself being subject to an ongoing investigation. It raises serious issues within the force and the Social Democrats are unambiguously calling for the Commissioner to show leadership and step aside temporarily and without prejudice while the Inquiry continues.”
“We also share the concerns expressed by the Policing Authority Chair, Josephine Feehily, around the Commissioner running the Gardaí effectively while the tribunal is underway. There is a real risk that progress in modernising policing in Ireland will be undermined.”
24th February 2017