CONCERNS OVER PLANS FOR GARDA REFORMS

29 August 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

The president of the Garda Superintendents Association (GSA) Noel Cunningham has expressed concern about radical new plans for An Garda Síochána which will see the Cavan Monaghan Division amalgamated with Louth. The new Division will be one of nineteen new autonomous areas of policing across the Republic, each run by a Chief Superintendent with more independence than ever before from Garda Headquarters.

Under the restructuring proposed by the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, the number of divisions will be reduced from 28 at present to 19. This has already led to resistance from some local communities and politicians who have given a lukewarm reaction to the proposals. Each of the new larger divisions will be run as a “mini police force” with the Chief Superintendents in charge of them becoming responsible for running their own areas. Monaghan-based Superintendent Cunningham told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that he would await the full details of the…

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