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Most people want Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan fired

She has faced increasing pressure in recent months following a string of controversies.

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan
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MOST PEOPLE WANT the Cabinet to remove Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan from her position following recent controversies within An Garda Síochána.

According to a poll carried out by Amárach Research for Claire Byrne Live, 62% of people want O’Sullivan gone, while 19% want her to keep her job and a further 19% are unsure.

The Commissioner has faced increasing pressure in recent months following a string of controversies within the force.

In March, it emerged that the number of breath tests carried out by gardaí over the past five years was overestimated by almost one million.


More recently, evidence O’Sullivan gave to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) about financial irregularities at the Garda College in Templemore wa disputed.

She had initially told the PAC she had found out about the controversy during “a brief chat” with the head of human resources for An Garda Síochána, John Barrett. However, Barrett said he had taken extensive minutes of the meeting, claiming it went on for over two hours.

The government has expressed confidence in O’Sullivan amid calls from the opposition that she should lose her job.

Read: Fianna Fáíl want the Commissioner to step down over garda scandals

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