- 25 Apr 14
The 'few bad apples' theory doesn't hold up when it comes to the gardai. Repeated scandals have demonstrated that the entire organisation has been compromised by corruption and indiscipline. And nothing is being done about it.
As the series of overlapping inquiries into alleged Garda and Department of Justice misbehaviour gets under way, it’s worth noting that much of what is now under scrutiny was foreshadowed years ago by Judge Frederick Morris in his reports on police malpractice in Donegal.
Judge Morris was appointed in March 2002 to examine the Garda investigation of the death of cattle dealer Richie Barron in Raphoe in 1997. His focus was to widen as evidence mounted.
In 2010, the Irish Academic Press published The Blue Wall of Silence: The Morris Tribunal and Police Accountability in Ireland, by Vicky Conway. It will ring loud bells with anyone following the unnerving semi-farcical revelations of recent weeks.