From left: former acting commissioner, Donal O Cualain, Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar and New Garda Commissioner Drew Harris at Government Buildings yesterday.. PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris been named as the new Garda Commissioner.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said Sinn Féin has worked with Mr Harris during his time in the PSNI and that it will continue to hold him to account, as it has with previous commissioners.

He said comments made by Mr Harris to the Smithwick Tribunal, that garda officers had colluded in the murders of two RUC officers, were very serious, and that allegations of collusion – North and South – needed to be pursued.

He also said he does not believe the Government has done enough to properly pursue the Dublin-Monaghan bombings, and that it must now follow up with the British government.

Mr Ó Laoghaire’s comments come as a survivor of the Miami Showband massacre described Mr Harris’s as a “massive step backwards”.

Stephen Travers said it was a “hammer blow” to every victim of collusion between British security forces and loyalist terrorists, and described it as “putting the fox in charge of the hen house.

Sinn Féin ‘will work constructively’ with new Garda Commissioner (RTÉ)

Yesterday: The New Garda Commissioner


28 thoughts on “Behind You

  1. Jake38

    Personally, I’d prefer if Mr Harris spent his time dealing with the enormous problems we have now with the Gardaí in this jurisdiction, rather than things that happened 30 years ago in another.

      1. Janet, I ate my Avatar

        Have you seen that BBC sketch with all the ladies wearing strap ons to work, can’t find link now

  2. MaryLou's ArmaLite

    The Sinn Fein man forgot to mention that 30 years ago Sinn Fein’s armed wing murdered Drew’s father.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      youre right

      the capacity and willingness on both sides to move on and look to the future is wonderful

    2. Frilly Keane

      Which should have immediately disqualified him from the Candidate Shortlist

      What if the next Minister for Justice or Junior is a Sinn Fein TD?

      I’d effin’ have Noirin back rather than this snake
      There is nothing
      And I mean NOTHING
      That will eliminate the risk of this lad not being Independent or of having a personal agenda

      1. Jake38

        “What if the next Minister for Justice or Junior is a Sinn Fein TD…”

        I suggest you leave, like the rest of us.

        1. Frilly Keane

          I trust Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

          More than Charlie Flanagan, Frances Fitzgerald and Alan Shatter. Which wouldn’t be hard tbf

          And don’t pretend t’ be surprised I’m not alone when the next run of polls come out

          A conspiracy theorist might even say that this appointment is anticipating a FG/ SF government

          The two bricking themselves the most tho’ are Donnchadh’s Constituency FFers
          Meehall and Michael
          One with nothing left but the sting of a dying wasp, and with 30 years on Donnchadh
          The other the Leader of the FFers for No in a Constituency that romped home a Yes to match any South Dublin box

  3. Ina

    Heard the Sinn Fein spokesman on Morning Ireland. Compared to the survivor of the Miami Showband Massacre, I thought the Sinn Fein spokesman was very tame, compromising even. It’s a disgrace that Harris is going to be the Commissioner. Harris knows a lot about RUC-Loyalist-British Army collusion and he’s done his best to ensure that it stays hidden.

    1. Gearóid


      I have been reading since 2012 and, with few exceptions, an ignorance of the ‘Troubles’ (aside from IRA violence) seems to be a unifying theme among posters. There are some notable exceptions, pro- and anti-republican.

      For those who are ignorant of the North, it might be reasonable to view Harris as a breath of fresh air. Admittedly, it is much more logical to view the appointment of somebody like O’Sullivan as part of the determination of the Gardaí not to actually reform. But to view Harris, who was in the RUC during some of the darkest days of collusion, as a transparent reformer is a very dangerous assumption.

      1. Frilly Keane

        Not any oul’ RUC’ er PSNI ‘er either
        Feckin MI whatever and Army Intelligence etc Liason Officer

        Feckin Hell
        Arlene and the Dups could’ve picked the new Garda Commissioner themselves

    2. dondon

      Why can they not hire someone untainted
      The accusation about collusion between unionist terrorists and the RUC over the murder of members of the Miami showband stinks
      Hiring someone who is connected in some manner to a murder of innocent Irish people should of disqualified that person from the job
      Are we that desperate we cannot find one police commissioner who is not tainted in a world that has a population of billions?

  4. johnny

    Best of luck to Geraldine Finucane,an elegant and classy lady who is attempting to have a public inquiry held into her husbands murder at 39 in front on their two sons,who were also in court yesterday.

    The Irish govt throws the richest man in Ireland,DOB’s charity Frontline almost 500,000 a year of your money to ‘fight’ injustice against journalists,no i didn’t read that in the Waterford Whispers News!

    How much do they give PFC ?

      1. Johnny

        So TEN times as much,to a charity founded by a billionaire who’s non resident in Ireland,for tax purposes-where you want go with this ?

        1. Frilly Keane

          fighting injustices against journalists is Amnesty’s job

          The founder of that Charity, and fair play t’ em for getting a half a bar for themselves btw, is more likely to be suing journalists or employing them
          So you must be mistaken

          So what’s their real gig

        2. Ciuncainteach

          My point is that you’re oversimplifying the issue, and dismissing the good work of the staff and volunteers of frontline in the process – without providing any substantive criticism of their actual work.

          As I said, I am not defending DOB nor did I seek to diminish his role by referring to him as a board member. He is the Chair of the Board, and a co-founder. There absolutely are valid questions on DOB’s motivations, as there are plenty of valid criticisms to be made about frontline and their continued association with DOB (some of which you detailed below). My argument is that Frontline’s value as a charity should be assessed based on their work.

          The variance in government funding doesn’t say much either. You do not know on what basis Frontline or the Pat Finucane Centre sought or received their Government funding. You have offered no evidence to suggest that the variance demonstrates any bias or malign influence.

          1. Frilly Keane

            That’s fair enough
            Frontline might have made a case and subsequently qualified for .5m
            The Pat Finucane Centre may have only applied for 55k
            I doubt it tho’
            But yeah I accept your argument

          2. johnny

            Wonderful how about we chart Frontline’s work in/on Burma or Myanmar,with Dennis and Digicel losing out on the license there!
            There is a blatant and jarring conflict with Frontline applying pressure to govt’s in places like Burma,while Dennis is trying do business there.

            “Denis [O’Brien, founder of Digicel, and an investor in Red Dot] was bidding for a mobile licence at the time and if they won the licence, we were going to help them roll out a top-up network. But he didn’t win the licence and the opportunity was too big and I suggested to Denis that we stay here and build a network and he agreed.”


        3. Ciuncainteach

          In response to the comment below – I would be very interested to see your chart connecting Frontline’s work in Burma with DOB’s loss of the mobile network licence. There could well be conflicts of interest involved if DOB’s influence on Frontline’s strategy resulted in a shift in focus to human rights defenders in Burma.

          1. johnny

            start here-its not exactly ‘news’ and i truly don’t have the time,nor interest to bring you up to speed (said ‘nicely’ i hope)-but thank you for engaging.


            here’s a great read….the lawsuit against Dennis took against his cousin Donald MacAllister involving Burma

            “Digicel has an existing prospective relationship with the country of Burma. Digicel has presented a technical and commercial assessment for the process of expanding Burma’s existing telecom network to the Burmese government, and is now preparing to engage in a tender process for a mobile telecom license. Digicel has already made substantial investments to further its expected business relations with the country of Burma, including providing multi-year sponsorships to Burmese sports organizations, and is prepared to make an initial investment of in excess of [US] $1 billion to improve Burma’s telecom infrastructure. These efforts have resulted in brand awareness within Burma. Digicel is well-positioned as a competitive candidate for a telecom license. There is a significant probability of future economic benefit from a business relationship between Digicel and Burma because the potential mobile telecom market in Burma is extremely large. Burma has 60 million residents, less than two percent of whom are reported to currently have access to mobile phone and Internet services. Neighboring countries have usage rates varying from 57 to 100 percent, suggesting that a telecom license in Burma could result in Digicel’s acquiring tens of millions of new customers and potentially doubling the size of its worldwide customer base”


            h/t Namawinelake or NWL.

        4. Ciuncainteach

          Thanks for sending that on Johnny – Appreciate the engagement as well.

          For the record, I absolutely agree that DOB’s association with Frontline is detrimental to their cause. Even potential or perceived conflicts of interest are severely damaging; its a disservice to the the staff and volunteers who give valuable support to human rights defenders.

      2. Johnny

        He’s no mere board member,at the recent lavish awards ceremony he was center stage,positively glowing in the praise and adulation-your being extremely disengenous,to casually downplay his role into oh a mere board member !

        (I have done audio/video of his Oscar like monologue,if that would help,no other “ board” members spoke )

  5. Catherine costelloe

    I welcome Mr Harris. The PSNI has a much better reputation than the RUC and Mr Harris was part of that transformation. Let’s hope he achieves that with An Garda. Can’t get worse here as it is! Thank you Mr o Cualain for steady leadership in time of crisis.

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