Garda chief ’s pension package is a disgrace
Sir — I read that ex-Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan is to receive a €300,000 lump sum and then €90,000 a year for the rest of her life as a pension.
This is absolutely disgraceful when you consider that she was a senior officer — and her period at the top coincided with a million-and-a-half fake breath tests, financial irregularities at Templemore training college, and the penalty points abuse.
All this points to total and utter mismanagement and also lack of discipline and supervision. I won’t even go into the treatment of Garda McCabe.
I wish the new commissioner well — but they will have a lot of work to do after many years of mismanagement in the Garda.
Noel Peers, Torremolinos, Malaga, Spain for the garda lotto ticket programme.
Instead of pay rises, O’Leary would reward good performance with a guarantee of an appearance on an annual garda calendar. Meanwhile, nonperforming garda stations would be turned into stables for his selection of pedigree horses — and the garda brass band would be reallocated to stimulate his cattle while with calf.
Our Michael has a proven track record of results — what a fine civilian candidate he would make. Xavier McCullough, Mount Green, Limerick