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Reg writes:

Any idea why the new Garda Commissioner was sworn in at Midnight on a Sunday?

Anyone?

Drew Harris sworn in as new Garda Commissioner (RTÉ)

33 thoughts on “Ask A Broadsheet Reader

  1. Alan mcgee

    I think you’ll find 00:01 is not midnight Sunday but rather Monday morning. he’s just starting work really really early

  2. Spaghetti Hoop

    Because his term of office begins on Monday 3rd September and he wanted to make the point that policing is 24hrs, and doesn’t fit neatly into a 9 to 5 working day.
    Got the ‘new boss in town’ publicity anyhow.

  3. John

    “Any idea why the new Garda Commissioner was sworn in at Midnight on a Sunday?”

    Because the acting Commissioner’s tenure expired on Saturday, 2nd September. I don’t think there’s any significance about the day of the week – it’s simply to ensure there isn’t a gap in leadership.

  4. Papi

    On reaching his new desk, Drew discovered a langer load of phones in the bottom drawer. “Aha” he exclaimed, “starting bonus, it’s off to cash converters”

    1. Liam Deliverance

      How many candidates for this position was there I wonder and could they have selected another viable candidate that was not a member of the RUC? I suspect this will not end well and that they will be looking for a new one again before long.

      1. Bonkers

        There was 15 candidates in total and yes Im sure they could have found one without the baggage of Drew Harris.

  5. Elron

    What a mess we are. Afraid to sing our own national anthem when we play abroad and now an ex British cop is leading ours. Now thats something to be actually ashamed of.

    1. Cian

      I’m quite sure we played our national anthem before the last football game. They played it at the Olympics too.

      I’m not sure when we were afraid to play it?

  6. Gearóid

    Not opposed to an ex-member of the British police taking this position, in theory. We clearly need root and branch reform of the Gardaí and I don’t know if anybody currently serving in the force has the will or power for that. An outsider is needed.*

    Harris’ appointment is a genuine concern, however, given his particular background.

    If he wasn’t retired, and the government was serious about reforming the Gardaí, this would be your man: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stevens,_Baron_Stevens_of_Kirkwhelpington

  7. Happy Molloy

    Has there been a greater overhaul and changing of culture in a police force than the one we have seen in the PSNI?

    Not that I’m aware of (though I know nathing) so my feeling is that this could be a good appointment.

  8. Kolmo

    Maybe if it was someone from a more normal police background as supposed to someone heavily involved in the murkiest of murkiness in the north and all the baggage of that murderous unpleasantness…and a sworn allegiance to the UK state (disputed zone)…It’s hard to believe that there were no more appropriate candidates for the job…

  9. Frilly Keane

    I meself am very uncomfortable with this lad

    but there is one ting about him

    I’d say he’d have no problem arresting a Garda
    currently serving, on suspension, or retired
    of any rank

  10. Jimmy Smyth

    Im scared.
    He has a history of covering up info on murdered musicians.
    Upside: maybe this IS -FINALLY- The end for the Wolfe Tones! Yay!

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