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Did gender swing it for the new Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan?

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

HERE IS THEJOURNAL.IE’s comprehensive guide to what’s happening in the political world this morning.

Everyone’s talking about 

The papers are full of talk about the reforms being planned by the new permanent Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan but there are more than a few grumbles about the government not opting for an external candidate given the problems that have engulfed the force in recent years.

New Garda Members Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

“Her gender is being used to create an illusion of radical change,” the left-wing TD Clare Daly, who was among the first to publicly back the garda whistleblowers, said on Morning Ireland earlier.

The reality is that despite saying and appearing to do all the right things since taking over as acting commissioner in March, O’Sullivan was in the senior echelons of An Garda Síochána at a time when several controversies were unfolding. The only thing radical about her appointment is the fact she is the first female commissioner.

The agenda 

  • 10am: The banking inquiry holds a private meeting in Leinster House
  • 11.30am: Environment Minister Alan Kelly launches the government’s social housing strategy 
  • 12pm: Enda Kenny takes Leaders’ Questions in the Dail 
  • 2pm: Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan is before the Oireachtas Finance Committee 

What the others are saying 

  • The Irish Independent reports that Arts Minister Heather Humphreys has reiterated that John McNulty was appointed to the board of IMMA “on merit”. 
  • Fine Gael is struggling to raise money ahead of the next general election with the Irish Daily Mail reporting that less than a fifth of the tickets for its superdraw have been returned sold with two weeks to go. 
  • The Department of Health has been privately lobbying for staff members at the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, to be cut, according to the Irish Times
  • The University Times and Trinity News both report that Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald cancelled a visit to Trinity Sinn Féin last night as several people gathered to protest her visit and support Maíria Cahill. 

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Hugh O'Connell

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