O’Loan: “I wouldn’t be an Ombudsman if I had no power to investigate chief officers…”

So Nuala O’Loan speaking on the current controversy managed to significantly cut through the hysterical noise in Dublin and bear in on the signal. All of Dan Keenan’s piece is worth reading (not least for the right of the GSOC to determine the levels of threat to its own security), but this is the money shot:

“In running an office like this you have to work with the Government but I do know that the last time I was there, there were serving Garda officers in the office of the Garda Ombudsman whose function was a liaison function between the Garda Ombudsman and the police.

“That is a process I would not have and I certainly wouldn’t be an Ombudsman if I had no power to investigate chief officers because you really are working in a way that is impossible. Any officers could say to you ‘the chief told me’ to do this and if there is something wrong you can’t investigate the chief. I would regard this as a matter of urgency.”

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  • cynic2

    Thats why you are not Nuala

  • IrelandNorth

    What an unaduterated mess this is fast becoming. A lesson on how things should not be done for the benefit of future public administrators (PAs). Someone once described the four pillars of Irish society as the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) – the Fíanna Fáil (FF) Party – the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)/An Cumann Luchleas Gael (CLG) – and Án Gárda Síochána na h’Éireann (ÁGSÉ). Like the four doric columns of the General Post Office’s (GPOs) edifice on Ó Connell Street (ex-Sackville Street) imperviousness to British artillery bombardment in 1916, one such pillar of Irish society is proving remarkably resistant to the sand blasting of political accountability in 2014.