‘Systemsdo not protect sources’ says AGSI president

Systems within An Garda Síochána are not providing members with the security needed to make protected disclosures, said president of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, Antoinette Cunningham.

‘Systemsdo not protect sources’ says AGSI president

“I think, once again, it’s regrettable that whatever systems are in place within the organisation they do not seem to be standing up.

“They do not seem to be providing the security and the reassurance to people within the organisation that they can make protected disclosures in a safe secure environment,” she said.

“Every time you find out that an internal system is being debated down in Dáil Éireann, then you have to say ‘well what’s wrong with the internal system that it got to that point in the first place?’ I think it’s really concerning for us as an association,” Ms Cunningham told Morning Ireland when asked about the allegations highlighted in Tuesday’s Irish Examiner and later debated in the Dáil.

“AGSI have long expressed our concerns about the internal policies within the gardaí, particularly when we are told that one of the confidential recipients we can make confidential disclosures to is GSOC.

“GSOC investigate gardaí for other matters relating to discipline etc and then on the other hand, they’re supposed to be a confidential recipient. Now, to us, there is a very clear conflict of interest there,” she said.

When asked what can be done to improve confidence in the protection of whistle-blowers, she said: ”If you don’t consult with the people within the organisation about how the system works, how can you know whether it works effectively in the first place?”

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