Controversy as Garda Superintendent deems water protests “unlawful”

10 Oct

Machholz's Blog

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Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald announced this morning plans for the recruitment of 500 new gardaí in the next year.

The announcement was made at the graduation of 94 gardaí at Templemore college this morning.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has stated that the new gardaí are being posted all over the country to help alleviate violent crime.

The Garda Commissioner has rejected allegations of political policing, despite this decision to recruit an army of new gardaí.

The Commissioner and gardaí have come under much scrutiny following the dawn raids last February and their treatment of, and attitude towards peaceful water protesters thereafter; and due to the recent release of the controversial Fenelly Commission Interim Report.

She has also stood by a decision by garda superintendent Orla McPartlin not to allow Anti-Austerity Alliance members to fund raise in South West Dublin, stating that “the collection permit has been refused because I believe that the proceeds of…

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