Minister Frances Fitzgerald stated in the Seanad last week that she is “committed to delivering a sea change in the oversight of policing.” At the core of the reform package which will supposedly deliver this is the Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015 and the soon to be created Policing Authority. She has stated that this body Continue reading “Politics and The Policing Authority”
On HRinI we’ve blogged on numerous occasions about the ongoing campaign in the West of Ireland to challenge Shell’s building of an on-shore refinery (see for instance here, here and here ) with a particular emphasis on the policing of that dispute. Many of those involved in the protests have come together to call for an inquiry into the policing of the project, the protests and the dispute. As part of that call those involved have drafted sample terms of reference for such an inquiry, which is important in highlighting the scale and range of the concerns which exist. What follows is a reproduction of these terms of reference. Continue reading “Call for Inquiry into policing of Corrib”
Today’s newspapers are covering the fact that two serving gardaí have been suspended from duty and arrested on foot of an allegation that they stole €1500 from ATMs. More details are available in both the Irish Times and the Independent. We can be pleased that the gardaí have taken action in this case. Some commentators may remark that in times of recession, particularly when police witness falls in their pay packets, corruption or theft are inevitable (three sums of money have already been reported missing from garda stations this year). But tucked away at the end of the Irish Times report, and absent entirely from the Independent, is a comment on the role of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission’s (GSOC) in this investigation. GSOC, according to the Irish Times, is not investigating this alleged offence. Continue reading “Investigating criminal gardaí”
The Socio-Legal Research Centre, DCU, held the fourth in its annual “Law on…” seminar series on Wednesday of last week. Following previous explorations of the Law on… Film, Celebrity, and Risk, this year’s seminar focused on the Law on… Police Accountability. There were three speakers: Damien McCarthy, Chairman of the Legal Assistance Scheme and former President of the Garda Representative Association (GRA), Kieran Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Garda Síóchána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), and Dr Barry Vaughan, National Economic and Social Council (NESC).
What follows is a brief outline of the presentations delivered by each speaker.
A new book by one of our regular contributors, Vicky Conway, has been published this week by Irish Academic Press. Entitled The Blue Wall of Silence: The Morris Tribunal and Police Accountability in the Republic of Ireland, it provides the first in-depth analysis of the impact of the most significant tribunal in the history of policing in Ireland. For those not familiar with the Tribunal, it examined and upheld serious allegations of negligence and corruption in the policing district of Donegal concerning the framing of two men for a murder when in fact the victim had died in a hit and run incident, the planting of hoax IRA bomb finds, the planting of weapons on a travellers halting site and the planting of an explosive device on a telecommunications mast. Continue reading “New Book on the Morris Tribunal and Police Accountability in Ireland”