Drew Harris

  • Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has described the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan as a random act.

    The 49 year old was on patrol in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon when he stopped a man who was creating a disturbance shortly before midnight.

    A physical altercation broke out, during which the man took Garda Horkan's gun.

    He was shot a number of times and died at the scene.

    Commissioner Harris says an act like this impacts the whole of society.

  • Garda Commissioner Drew Harris urged  elected councillors in county Mayo if they are on the receiving end of online threats and abuse on social media to immediately inform gardai.

    Commissioner Harris told a meeting of Mayo Joint Policing Committee (JPC) in Castlebar on Friday that he is aware that public representatives are “getting more than their fair share of threats on social media”.

     “If you are feeling threatened or are being abused in any shape or form immediately report it”, the Commissioner stated.

     He continued: “The more we know about the messages an individual might be sending the greater the likelihood is of us actually apprehending the offender and bringing the matter to the DPP in respect of prosecution.

     “If you get any messages that are threatening or abusive please report them straight away.

    “We have a duty to protect democracy – we are here to protect those who are acting in our best interests as public representatives.”

     Commissioner Harris made his comments in a question and answer session with members of Mayo County Council following a discussion on the new Garda operating model which will see Mayo amalgamated into one Garda division with Roscommon and Longford from next year.

     

  • Garda Commissioner Drew Harris attended a meeting of the Mayo Joint Policing Committee in Castlebar yesterday.

    This was the first time ever that a commissioner attended a JPC meeting in Mayo.

    Commissioner Harris discussed the new Garda operating model, which will see Mayo amalgamated into one Garda division with Roscommon and Longford next year, with councillors and community representatives.

    Community policing and having more frontline Gardai are key aims of the new model.

    The Commissioner told Midwest Radio that the purpose is to offer a more localised service with the necessary resources in place.

  • Major changes to Garda divisions across the country will be announced today.

    Commissioner Drew Harris will reveal the new Operating Model, which will see changes to the organisation's structures, processes, services and governance.

    Under the new plans, more Gardai will be deployed to the frontline.

    It's expected that Garda divisions will be reduced from 28 to 19, giving greater independence to the new larger divisions - Garda regions are also likely to be reduced from 6 to 4.

    An Garda Siochana says the new plan will increase the number of front-line Gardaí, deliver a more localised service to communities, and maximise the force's operational impact.

  • Ireland has a new Garda Commissioner.

    Drew Harris, who was sworn in early this morning, has promised to protect the vulnerable and create an open and transparent force.

    At midnight Acting Garda Commissioner, Connemara native,  Dónall Ó Cualáin stepped down and was replaced by Drew Harris - former Deputy Chief Constable of the PSNI.

    The transition was made at a private ceremony at the newly refurbished Kevin Street Headquarters, in Dublin,in the early hours of this morning, where Commissioner Harris signed the Garda Code of Ethics and the Official Secrets Act.

    His first official act as Commissioner has seen Mr Harris issue a statement promising to protect the vulnerable.

    To that end he claims defending the State from the threat of terrorism is his top priority.

    He's also pledged to deliver the highest ethical standards and says he wants a workplace of openness and transparency..

    Carna native, Donall Ó Cualáin had been the acting commissioner since last September following the resignation of then Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’ Sullivan.

    He held the position of acting Garda Commissioner as a lengthy campaign sought a replacement for Nóirín O’ Sullivan, over the past year.

    A fluent-Irish speaker, Donall was previously a sergeant on the Aran Islands before becoming a Superintendent and subsequently Chief Superintendent of the Galway garda division.

    In 2012, he was appointed as an assistant commissioner, and two years later Nóirín Ó Sullivan appointed him as deputy commissioner.

    Mr. Ó Cualáin had already been covering the commissioner role during the extended summer holiday period while Nóirín Ó Sullivan was on leave.

    On taking up the position of acting Garda Commissioner Donall Ó Cualáin had stated that while he would remain in the interim position until a replacement was found, he would not be putting himself forward for the permanent job.