In just under an hour, Justice Minister Alan Shatter will take to his feet in the Dail to address the many questions that have arisen since the Garda Commissioner stepped down yesterday – and indeed before that. Joining Sean to discuss the momentous developments of the last 24 hours were Brian Dowling of our political staff; Dearbhail McDonald, Irish Independent Legal Affairs editor; John Jacob of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors; John O’Brien, retired Garda Detective Chief Superintendent is on the line and Mick Clifford of the Irish Examiner.
To the Garda Inspectorate’s damning report on the penalty points system – it found consistent and widespread breaches of policy – saying that fixes over the years had resulted in a technically deficient, managerially uncoordinated, inefficient and excessively resourced system. Keelin was joined by journalist Mick Clifford and by former Head of the Garda Traffic Bureau , John O’Brien.
It’s fair to say events in the week gone by – down to the gathering of some of Europe’s most powerful politicians in Dublin these past two days – has been overshadowed by events in a corner of Ukraine. At home, it was the three year anniversary for the Fine Gael Labour coalition, we had a statement from the former Garda Confidential recipient and the question of how to make the Dail more female-friendly was on the agenda in advance of International Women’s Day tomorrow. To take a look at these and other stories, Sean was joined in studio by ...
It was a week where the plot grew ever thicker when it comes to the Gardai, the Minister, the Confidential Recipient and GSOC…Michael Noonan provided more reasons to be optimistic that income tax cuts are on the way…and the salary of Rehab boss, Angela Flannery was finally revealed. For a look back at these and one or two other stories, joining Sean in studio were Claire Grady, Editor of The Irish Independent…Mick Clifford, Journalist with The Irish Examiner….and Paul Drury, Columnist with The Irish Daily Mail.