Mary Lou McDonald TD welcomes news of Garda Commissioner’s retirement

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has welcomed the news that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is to retire and said the Government’s failure to act has done untold damage to the public’s confidence in An Garda Síochána.

Speaking this evening Teachta McDonald said;

“It has been clear for some time now that Commissioner O’Sullivan’s position was untenable but unfortunately the government refused to act to remove her.

“Despite scandal after scandal the government sat on its hands and refused to act, doing untold damage to the public’s confidence in An Garda Síochána.

“The new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar steadfastly stodgy the old guard and allowed further damage to be inflicted on Garda morale and the public standing of An Garda Síochána.

“Therefore I welcome the Commissioner’s decision to act albeit very belatedly.

“On a personal level I want to wish the commissioner and her family well in the future.

“While Commissioner O’Sullivan is now gone the problems in An Garda Síochána remain therefore it is important that Nóirín O’Sullivan is replaced by somebody who is not already tainted by the current scandals engulfing An Garda Síochána.

“Therefore Sinn Féin favours the appointment of somebody from a different jurisdiction.

“Above all garda reform requires a government that is prepared to act to implement the required changes needed restore public confidence.” CRIOCH