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Review of Garda 'must not turn into scalp-hunt'

By Staff Reporter

A former member of the Patten Commission on Northern Ireland policing reform has warned against the review of An Garda Siochana becoming a "scalp-hunting" exercise.

Ex-NI Ombudsman Dr Maurice Hayes suggested that the Policing Authority could play "a more active role" in reforming the Garda.

He said the key to bringing about change was through regular reports tracking the implementation of reforms and said that the Garda Inspectorate's 2015 report Changing Policing in Ireland was yet to be actioned.

Dr Hayes told The Times: "They are in danger of over-complicating things. They have a very good report from the inspectorate, which is sitting there. They have all sorts of other inquiries going on and to start tramping over the ground again seems to be a recipe for some degree of delay." Dr Hayes said that "scalp-hunting" would change the nature of the inquiry.

He said technology standards within the Garda were "a couple of decades" behind those of police in Northern Ireland.

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