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O'Sullivan: 'No more Garda stations will be closed down'

Minister Frances Fitzgerald said the Garda Inspectorate report into serious crime investigations will be a ‘road map’ for the future.

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD and Garda Commissioner Noirin O Sullivan.
Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD and Garda Commissioner Noirin O Sullivan.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THE INTERIM GARDA Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan would not be drawn today on the contents of the new report by the Garda Inspectorate due to be released tomorrow.

The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and the interim Garda Commissioner O’Sullivan received what is expected to be a critical report on the conduct of investigations into serious crime last week.

Speaking today at Garda Headquarters, O’Sullivan said she would not comment on the report prior to its release tomorrow, but stated that there are no plans at the moment to close any more garda stations in the country.

Minister Fitzgerald said she would be bringing the report before Cabinet tomorrow and she hopes to publish what she said is a “very important analysis” of crime investigation in this country.

She said the report is “long overdue” and she is very pleased to have it. “I think it will be a road map for the future,” she added. 

The report is “a very comprehensive analysis and a detailed analysis of the situation in Ireland,” said the minister.

“It is an important milestone in how crime investigation is done in this country,” she concluded.

Read: Fitzgerald and O’Sullivan poring over report into serious crime investigations>

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