Kerry councillors call for policing report recommendations to be implemented

Gardaí need to be more open about their work.

That’s according to Sinn Féin Councillor Pa Daly, who was speaking on the 50 recommendations made in a report on the future of policing in Ireland.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said yesterday the report outlines cultural, staffing, structural and system changes for the next three-to-five years.

Councillor Daly claims gardaí on the ground fear speaking out as senior officers won’t support them, and there’s an issue surrounding culture in the force.

He adds, following recent policing scandals, it’s necessary to implement the recommendations.

Joint Policing Committee Chair Niall Kelleher says the political will has to be there to implement the recommendations.

He says the leadership of both An Garda Siochana and the government need to buy into the proposed recommendations.

The Fianna Fáil councillor adds it’s also important to get gardaí back into communities.