Your letters – Garda Commissioner should stand aside

Dear Editor,

It is now 15 years since the Morris Tribunal was set up (2002) and one of the findings by Morris was that the Garda Force was in disarray with no morale, poor discipline, lack of oversight and a culture of silence as summed by one witness who told Morris “we don’t hang ourselves”.

Today 15 years on, the very same mentality exists at management level in the Gardaí and you have to say fair play to FG and FF they are attempting to the shape the narrative and reduce the Terms of Reference to a very narrow area rather than looking at what is coming down the tracks from other sources including other whistle-blowers who sadly have been purely demonised.

Why are FG and FF are protecting Commissioner O’Sullivan, she should stand aside while all this is going on as I don’t think that be an unreasonable ask?

Morale must now be at an all time low especially of some highly regarded men and women in the Force and our politicians are not helping the cause. Do they not have cognizance of the situation? Are they taking into consideration the young ladies and gentlemen who are thinking of joining the force and above all are they themselves fit for purpose?

This is ongoing since before the Morris Tribunal was set up and the carry on is as relevant today as it was then, yet nothing seems to have been done by the FF governments of 1997-2002, 2002-2007 and 2007-2011 and neither by FG led Governments from 2011-2016 and 2016 -to date. Why? Why?

Please remember what Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen said “the refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The tragedy of our time is that those who believe in honesty lack fire in their conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction”.

Regards,

Michael O’Sullivan,

Cahermore,

Castletownbere

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