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.“
Yesterday: The New Garda Commissioner