Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan
Jennifer Bray, in The Times Ireland edition, reports:
The Department of Justice is to split into two divisions after a report found that its structure had led to a situation where “the buck stops nowhere”.
The reforms follow a series of scandals, most recently the discovery of emails about the treatment of Maurice McCabe, the garda whistleblower, at a commission of investigation.
…It added: “It is as if the system has naturally evolved to ensure that the buck stops nowhere.”
Justice department revamp as study says ‘buck stops nowhere’ (Jennifer Bray, The Times Ireland edition)
Emily O’Reilly at the Equality Rights Alliance conference in the Westbury Hotel, Dublin yesterday
“When O’Reilly was appointed in 2003 (despite opposition from two ministers, she has been told), the Fianna Fáil-led government of the day had just decided to curtail severely the Freedom of Information Act.
She believes the act came as “a huge shock to the system” for the Civil Service, and that while overall the culture has changed enormously over the past decade, “pockets of secrecy” remain.”
“Certainly the Department of Justice, for its own cultural and historical reasons, remains very secretive, very closed. If there is one thing I regret, it is that asylum, immigration and prisons are still outside any independent complaint-handling watchdog.”
Outgoing Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, above, speaking to the Irish Times ahead of taking up her new position as European Ombudsman in Strasbourg next week.
Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland