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Statement of Garda Commissioner Drew Harris of findings by Mr Justice Charleton

"An Garda Síochána fully accepts the findings of Mr Justice Charleton.

"Mr Justice Charlton s Report makes fuor difficult reading for the organisation, but it is vital that we take it as an opportunity to change how we operate so we provide a professional and ethical service to the public.

"I fully agree with Mr Justice Charleton when he states that the obligation for members of An Garda Síochána is to the truth, society and the vulnerable, and not to the organisation.

"Given the significance and scale of the Report, I will be establishing a group to examine Mr Justice Charleton’s findings from policy, process, discipline and cultural perspectives to identify the lessons to be learnt and changes to be made.

"I welcome and support Mr Justice Charleton’s comments about Sergeant McCabe. I acknowledge the difficult time he and his family have endured and I hope this chapter is drawing to a close. I will ensure Sergeant McCabe and all Garda personnel referenced in the report receive appropriate supports.

"I will ensure An Garda Síochána is a safe environment for people to raise issues or concerns. The organisation will improve by having an open and inclusive culture.

At this stage, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on individual Garda personnel in relation to specific concerns raised by Mr. Justice Charleton.”

Editors note:

Slight amendment to previous press release in first line re accepting the findings of the report, should be an attributed comment from Commissioner Harris.