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Shortall, Róisín

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Reform of An Garda Síochána: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

For a police force to have authority it must have the respect and confidence of the civilians it polices. While traditionally that has been the case in this country we are getting very close to re...More Button

It is clear there have been serious problems within the Garda for decades. The problem is that successive Governments, led by the major parties, have utterly failed to tackle the problems. It s...More Button

While the problems within the Garda are very serious, the more serious problem we have had is a failure at political level to tackle the problems. Parties traditionally have been very happy to m...More Button

Traditionally, An Garda Síochána has been male dominated, hierarchical and excessively authoritarian. That breeds a kind of culture which is very unhealthy. One either goes along with what is h...More Button

We had various inquiries on foot of whistleblowers and they would have run into the sand if Sergeant McCabe had not had the foresight to record the conversations he had in relation to evidence at...More Button

Subsequent to that we saw all of the other serious scandals within the Garda. When the Charleton inquiry was established the Social Democrats said it was essential that the Garda Commissioner st...More Button

Unfortunately, she failed that test and has rendered herself unfit to continue as Commissioner.More Button

Fianna Fáil is dancing around on this issue and talking tough, but if one talks tough, one must accept the following logical conclusions on what steps to take. It means calling for action to add...More Button

Parental Leave

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality: her plans to introduce maternity or parental leave for persons who have conceived through a surrogate (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Maternity Hospital

Asked the Minister for Health: the precise nature of the ownership and governance structure of the new national maternity hospital.More Button

Energy Schemes

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the details of a scheme (details supplied); the areas in which it is operational; and the steps he is taking to draw the attention of the general public to its existence.More Button