“We Will Be More Receptive To Constructive Criticism”


This afternoon.

Templemore, County Tipperary.

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan with new Garda Commissioner Drew Harris at Mr Harris’ first garda graduation ceremony since his appointment, at the Garda College.

Via Independent.ie:

Mr Harris explained what he meant by “operationally honest”.

He said the gardai must act in the best interests of the public, be upfront with people and treat everyone they met with respect, dignity and empathy.

“We will ensure that this happens internally as well. We must respect and listen to our people.

Any ideas of on how we can improve, regardless of where they come from, should always be welcomed.

“Similarly, we will be more receptive to constructive criticism, whether it comes from inside or outside the organisation”, Mr Harris added.

New Garda Commissioner tells 185 fresh recruits they must ‘be honest (Indpendent.ie)

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

10 thoughts on ““We Will Be More Receptive To Constructive Criticism”

  1. missred

    There’s something of the military about Drew Harris that is unsettling. Is it coincidental that there was that wretched display last week of the new masked armed unit?

  2. Catherine costelloe

    I have found in controversial cases like Shane o Farrell, Patrick Nugent, Shahe Tuohy etc is that tragic,heartbroken parents & siblings are doubly disrespected and put through the mill ( at great personal cost) with the Justice Dept. It takes a terrible toll on them, week after week, month after month, year after year. Delay, deny and blackguarded . Mr Michael Jacobs ( dad of Deirdre) put a rocket under Justice last year at National Missing Day when he stood up in the audience impromptu to state “It’s not good enough’ .
    Wish Commissioner Harris and honest new recruits well.

  3. The Old Boy

    I must say I am surprised that he chose to wear his medal ribbons.

    They are, left to right: Order of the British Empire, Queen’s Police Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Royal Ulster Constabulary Service Medal.

    I wonder what the Garda dress regulations say about the wearing of foreign awards on uniforms.

    1. Paulus

      Good point:
      Plus I’m in awe of your medal-knowledge – and I didn’t even know there was such a thing.

    2. SOQ

      Well, everyone was complaining about the guards being too insular so there you go. Nobody can complain about this boyo being an insider. Time will tell.

  4. Truth in the News

    The reason his was given the job is placate the Unionists in that they will get looked after in a
    United Ireland, then wears his British Medals at passing out parade, and then lectures us all
    about honesty,….he forgot to mention truth and transparency……he serves whats left of the Empire
    and not this Nation…..incidentally how come the Shinners did not kick up a fuss.

  5. :-Joe

    Hmmm…. but my question is how well will you listen, how much willpower do you have and how far are you willing to go?..
    I’m not optomistic based on recent historical evidence to be fair… but here goes off the top my head and a little from the back-end..

    To start with, just place an honest decent trustworthy guard or guards living with subsidies and incentives in every community based on population density and hold them all accountable through decent legislation and well thought out policies, especially with failsafes and protections for the powers and actions that need to be carried out via internal affairs and whistleblower reports.

    Stop treating guards like expendable zero hour contract workers which encourages the types who are happy to abuse their position and commit crimes, deal drugs etc. in some cases as if nobody in charge really cares (which often seems like you don’t allready) Train and pay them better or even start with what they are actually worth. Obviously assuming you actually hire the right people and vet out the troublemakers properly.

    Radically reform the system, explore and research new ideas with the scientific method of first principles and not just the basic common sense of using the knowledge that is already a proven success throughout the world(which I doubt is being done either) .

    Plan, invest and create true quality of service of taxpayer investment, efficiencies and innovation and also for consistent evolution in a long term plan. Ye.. sure.. I’ll be long dead…

    You need to recreate and restore what once was a more fair and balanced sense of honour, duty and community about the whole system compared to what it is now. It’s a failed westernised carbon copy of the british and us systems of mostly decent people being led along and brought down by a small number of clowns with no real accountability, vision or leadership.

    Guards with brains need to be encouraged and supported but they also need to step-up themselves while a being facilitaed to be able to get together and speak up the loudest. i.e. Workers rights and incentives to make the effort and lock up the criminals starting inside the justice system and the government itself.

    Maybe stop acting as a tool of the state, a strong arm of corrupted democracy and honour the principal of serving the public trust instead of being a blunt instrument of the lazy, arrogant, establishment’s last resort of enforcing political will.

    Well you asked and frankly, you should’ve already been saying this from the start because it’s fairly f-ing obvious if you’re asking me…

    It’s good to daydream I suppose… allows you to think of better ideas and not be another mindless follower, compliant and complicit in the problems that are usually against your own and the public’s self-interest

    Yours truly… A citizen.


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