‘Challenging And Exciting’

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Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan writes:

Good to see formal public notice for new Garda Commissioner. Process now well under way for challenging & exciting post. Government wants best possible candidate from a broad (internal or external) pool of potentials.

36 thoughts on “‘Challenging And Exciting’

  1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    “A person of utmost integrity”.
    That’ll make for quite a change, then.

      1. Topsy

        ‘Utmost integrity’ – obviously then the job description have been changed dramatically.

    1. david

      Are we actually to believe the person they have in mind has not been already been given the nod and the wink as they waste the time of all candidates
      Are we this thick that we actually believe that this is an open process

  2. Neilo

    Recruit from PSNI, UK (excepting South Yorkshire and Wiltshire, obviously) other Anglosphere jurisdictions. If needs be, open it up to upper middle-ranking officers of verifiably impeccable character. Remove the Department of Justice ENTIRELY from anything to do with this: they’ll only appoint cronies to the interview boards or canvass for pet cops to be included. Appoint civilians to as many non-core management areas as possible to avoid further financial malfeasance *cough*Templemore.

    1. Cian

      I’m not saying you’re wrong…
      But appointing ‘civilians to as many non-core management areas as possible’ won’t solve misappropriation of funds *cough*Credit Unions Raffles*cough*

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        Hmm. They weren’t breaking any rules. Most CU workers are volunteers: should they be penalised for that?

        1. Cian

          There is a conflict of interest (or at least the appearance of conflict of interest) when the people that run a raffle are also entering the raffle.

          I’m not saying that they are wrong – but the perception is that they may be.

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Aye. Optics aren’t great but I can see how they might think it was unfair not to let the volunteers have a go.

    2. david

      Better still sack them
      Of course this position comes with guarantee of not being brought to book and a massive pension

  3. Neilo

    The Templemore issue is more attributable to a paucity of proper expertise and oversight.

  4. Jake38

    Window dressing, I’m afraid.

    The Gardai need a PSNI level of reorganization.

    Extensive investment/redundancy/”retirement”/outside recruiting is the only answer.

  5. francis almond

    If Paddy Power gave odds on this. Say ‘1000 to 1 on’ for internal selection rather than a candidate from outside the organisation. I’d put a €100000 on it and win the easiest €100 ever made.

      1. Cian

        ‘1000 to 1 on’ means that for every €1,000 you bet (if you win) you get your €1,000 back and €1 profit.
        So if Frank bets €100,000 he will get €100 profit (if he wins).

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          I’m bad at betting terminology too. I thought it meant you got 1000 quid for every quid you bet.

          1. Cian

            it’s confusing alright:
            ‘1000 to 1’ means that for every €1 you bet (if you win) you get your €1 back and €1,000 profit.

            ‘1000 to 1 on’ is the reverse (effectively it means ‘1 to 1000’) .

          2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Thanks, Cian. If I ever cross the threshold of a betting shop I’ll know what to say.

          3. Cian

            I should come clean and admit that I’ve never been in a bookies, or done any kind of online gambling.

  6. realPolithicks

    They absolutely must not appoint another person from with the force. It’s been clearly demonstrated that the guards are incapable of reforming from the inside so therefore its imperative that the person is from outside the force (preferably from outside the country and a civilian). Radical change is whats needed and its time for a bold change.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      I know he’s not from outside the country, but might Danny Healy-Rae be the man for the job?
      He seems super-slick.

      1. Lilly

        Or even better, Michael. He’d have the Super Intendents weeding the flower beds in Harcourt Street.

      2. realPolithicks

        He’s from another planet so it might actually work, he might be busy though what with him being the King of the fairies and all.

  7. Neilo

    Civilian appointment to the top job suggests a police and crime commissoner-type post like in the UK. Not sure how that would work here unless elections were arranged? I don’t see the Oireachtas or the permanent government being too happy with ceding that level of control given how little progress has been made so far with elected mayors.

  8. the bottler

    Looks like the new Commissioner will be responsible for internal security so no change there. Bet all Commissioners had files on every peccadillo performed by politicans and journalists since the foundation of the State.

  9. frank o'shea

    To effect real progress in that job would necessitate the sacking of every senior grade below the rank of Commissioner. Won’t happen, entire waste of time, effort and bother.

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