Enough is enough, rights watchdog tells Government; independent inquiry needed now

  • 25-02-2014
  • Categorized in: Justice

Press statement

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Ireland's independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has sharply criticised the Government's proposal to appoint a barrister to consider whether or not an independent inquiry is required into recent allegations of profound deficits in Garda accountability.

ICCL Director Mr Mark Kelly said:

"Enough is enough. After more than two weeks of drip fed allegations that continue to undermine public confidence in our systems of Garda accountability, nothing short of an independent statutory inquiry under the 2004 Commissions of Investigation Act will do. The Department of Justice and Equality have direct access to extensive legal expertise and have had ample opportunity to produce a convincing rebuttal of the disturbing allegations that have been levelled against An Garda Síochána. This has not occurred and to prolong the agony for the public, whistleblowers and alleged victims by appointing a barrister to spend more time looking at internal paperwork is simply not credible."

"A proper Commission of Investigation charged with reviewing the full spectrum of Garda accountability concerns that have arisen over the last two weeks is the only way in which the steep decline in public confidence in our Garda accountability mechanisms can be arrested."

ENDS

Walter Jayawardene
Communications Manager
Irish Council for Civil Liberties
9-13 Blackhall Place
Dublin 7
Ireland
 
Tel. + 353 1 799 4503
Mob: +353 87 9981574   
Fax. + 353 1 799 4512
 
E-mail  walter.jayawardene@iccl.ie


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