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Next Garda Commissioner must come from outside the force, says Roscommon/ Galway TD

The next Garda Commissioner must be from outside the force, in order to restore public confidence- that’s the view of Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice, following the decision by Nóirín O’Sullivan to step down from the post last night.

Ms O’Sullivan has become the second Garda Commisisoner to step down in three and a half years.

She said the job had become about attending hearings and responding to inaccurate commentary, rather than actually getting on with reforming the force.

Noirín O'Sullivan had faced repeated calls to step down following a number of scandals involving the Gardaí.

The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said the process to replace her may take months.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says it was inevitable that Noirín O’Sullivan would have to step down following recent controversies, and he says a new administration must be put in place to restore confidence in the force.

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