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Morris Tribunal was "a watershed" 06.01.09

THE MORRIS Tribunal into allegations of Garda corruption in the Donegal division was "a watershed" without precedent in the force, according to the author of a new book.
Legal expert Prof Dermot Walsh examines the tribunal's eight reports in his soon-to-be-published 'Human Rights and Policy in Ireland: Law Policy and Practice'. He concludes that the reports offer the first detailed blueprint for human rights-based reform since the establishment of the Garda Siochana.
Prof Walsh's research was commissioned by the Irish Human Rights Commission. The University of Limerick academic found that the tribunal reports “exposed with searing honesty the extent to which policy in Ireland has remained mired in the norms of the middle and later decades of the 20th century".
He examined the Garda record in relation to human rights from a number of sources, including the Morris and Barr tribunals;
Prof Dermot Walsh
court cases where Garda evidence and behaviour was called into question; complaints to the now-defunct Garda Complaints Board; and the Ionann human rights audit, commissioned by the Garda Commissioner in 2004.
Prof Walsh recommends a number of measures in his publication, including an independent police authority to replace the government's control of the Garda Síochána; a human rights charter that would put human rights at the centre of the Garda Siochana's work as well as improved education and training within the force.
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