Should Patten head south..?

IN the wake of the damning Morris Tribunal report, should some of the Patten proposals on policing now be adopted by the Garda? Susan McKay seems to think so, as the PSNI is now one of the world’s more accountable police forces, and makes a case for a ‘Garda Ombudsman’. After all, certain gardai are only retiring now – long after they should have. Reform has been ignored too long, and if public confidence in the police is important, changes will need to be made.