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Dáil Éireann - Private Members Business (Sinn Féin)
Wednesday 12 April 2017


127. “That Dáil Éireann:

recognises:
—  that everyone is entitled to policing that serves the people, by police services that are accountable, representative of the community and held to the highest professional and ethical standards;

— the need to hold the police and criminal justice systems to account on the basis of fairness, impartiality and objectivity; and

— that public confidence in policing bodies is contingent on them, and the persons who direct their activities, being held accountable;
notes:

— the press statement made by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan in regard to the recent disclosures that 937,000 breath tests were wrongly recorded on the Police Using Leading Systems Effectively (PULSE) system;

— the 14,700 wrongful convictions of citizens due to Garda error; and

— the failure of Commissioner O’Sullivan to adequately explain the cause of this error and her failure in the statement to provide the clarity needed to restore public confidence in An Garda Síochána;
also notes:

— that the Tribunal of Inquiry into certain matters relating to disclosures made by members of An Garda Síochána under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, chaired by Mr. Justice Peter Charleton, is now underway;

— that the Tribunal has been tasked with investigating serious allegations made in a Protected Disclosure concerning the actions of Commissioner O’Sullivan; and

— the potential negative impact on public confidence in An Garda Síochána when the actions of the sitting Garda Commissioner are central to the investigations of the ongoing Tribunal;
further notes that section 11(1)(c) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 stipulates that a person who holds the office of Garda Commissioner may be removed from office, where the person’s removal from office would, in the Government’s opinion, be in the best interests of An Garda Síochána; and considers that the removal from office of Commissioner O’Sullivan would be in the best interests of An Garda Síochána.”
— Jonathan O'Brien, Gerry Adams, John Brady, Pat Buckley, Seán Crowe, David Cullinane, Pearse Doherty, Dessie Ellis, Martin J. Ferris, Kathleen Funchion, Martin Kenny, Mary Lou McDonald, Denise Mitchell, Imelda Munster, Carol Nolan, Eoin Ó Broin, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Louise O'Reilly, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Maurice Quinlivan, Brian Stanley, Peadar Tóibín.