Garda chief ’s pen­sion pack­age is a dis­grace

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

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

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