Mac Lochlainn says Garda Ombudsman and Inspectorate should be expanded

Padraig MacLochlainn

A Donegal Deputy is calling for the powers and remit of the Garda Ombudsman Commission and the Garda Inspectorate to be widened.

Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn, who serves as Sinn Fein Justice Spokesperson was speaking after it emerged that the AGSI conference this week will debate a motion calling for the merging of the Ombudsman and Inspectorate with the proposed Garda Authority.

The gathering will also hear calls for increased recruitment, and for pay levels to be restored.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is expected to address delegates on Wednesday.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn says the suggestion of a merger would go against best international practice..........