The first thing I’m asked by an African man when I attend a fundraiser for asylum-seekers in Ireland is: “Are you alone? Do you have someone with you? A friend? Will I introduce you to people?”
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has strongly rejected assertions that proposals to transfer powers from the Policing Authority to An Garda Síochána represent a “watering down” of oversight.
Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary has called for a helpline to be set up to ensure people can access help and support after an independent audit found evidence of 71 alleged abusers and 108 victims within the organisation.
The assertion yesterday by Charlie Flanagan, the minister for justice and equality, that he would be “favourable to the idea that it could be made illegal to photograph a garda on duty” is so wrong on so many levels that he must clarify the statement.