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[Oireachtas] Garda Síochána Bill 2004 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed). (24 Mar 2005)

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Mr. F. McGrath: ...Policing is a significant issue. Society has major problems and policing and crime are at the top of the political agenda because it is time to address these serious issues.

The Garda should always be professional and accountable and, above all, it should work for the community with the support and respect of the community. The Garda needs the confidence of the people but it must earn their respect to gain their confidence. Those of us who have experienced varying levels of quality of policing services will always recognise that when gardaí focus on their jobs, they gradually build respect. This usually results in less crime and a more open society...

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