AGSI questions if root and branch review is necessary

Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan will address the conference today

AGSI questions if root and branch review is necessary

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The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has questioned the need for the Government's planned root and branch review of the force, in the wake of the breath test and wrongful conviction scandals.

Mid-ranking gardaí are holding their annual conference in Killarney, which will be addressed by the Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan this afternoon.

Two motions of confidence in Commissioner O'Sullivan will also go before the Dáil this week.

AGSI members will not comment on the latest problems within the force, citing the various inquiries taking place.

But General-Secretary John Jacob has questioned whether it was necessary to carry out an external review by a body other than those already tasked with garda oversight.

"I'm satisfied that when the investigations are concluded, that people will look at it in the cold light of day and study the evidence and make a determinatiuon at that point in time.

"It's disappointing that there are so many review ongoing.

"It's disappointing that we have a Garda Inspectorate and now they're looking for another external agency to review us".

AGSI President Antoinette Cunningham said Monday that Commissioner O'Sullivan is "ultimately answerable" for the force.

Asked who would take responsibility for recent scandals, Ms Cunningham said: "I think the Garda Commissioner's in charge of the garda organisation, so she is the one that is ultimately answerable for what goes on within the body of that organisation.

"Our members are responsible for every action and inaction that they take in their daily duties, and they are well able to be be accountable for that".

Asked if she had confidence in Comissioner O'Sullivan, Ms Cunningham said: "Confidence in the Garda Commissioner is not something that AGSI discuss at our executive meeting".