Gsoc is not here to put ‘gardaí on the rack’

Ombudsman reflects on her time with Gsoc, and on the force's need for truly independent oversight

Judge Mary Ellen believes gardaí do a very difficult job but we give them very serious powers. Photograph: Corporate Photographers Dublin

Judge Mary Ellen believes gardaí do a very difficult job but we give them very serious powers. Photograph: Corporate Photographers Dublin

Slapping an A3 sheet of paper, filled with a blizzard of diagrams and arrows, down on a table, Garda Síochána Ombudsman chairwoman Judge Mary Ellen Ring declares: “We could play snakes and ladders if I had some dice.”

Headlined Complaints Process, the paper shows a bewildering collection of 50 or so colour-coded boxes linked by arrows, like a mathematical formula, which sets out the many steps required for the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) to investigate a complaint.

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