Dr Alan Cusack and Dr John Connolly addressed the Minister for Justice, Mr Charles Flanagan T.D., and the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, Mr Drew Harris, at a special one-day conference entitled, ‘Policing, Human Rights & Communities’ at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) on Friday, 26 April 2019.
The event, which was co-ordinated by Professor Donncha O’Connell (NUIG), and hosted by the Irish Centre for Human Rights (NUIG), provided a valuable forum to reflect on the recommendations raised in September 2018 by the Commission on the Future of Policing.
Dr Cusack delivered a paper entitled ‘Policing Vulnerable Communities: A Reflection on the Future of Policing in Ireland’ as part of the ‘Human Rights and Policing Session’ with Emily Logan (Chief Commissioner, Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission); Liam Herrick, (Executive Director, Irish Council for Civil Liberties) and Eilis Barry (CEO, Free Legal Advice Centres). The session was chaired by Noeline Blackwell (Chief Executive of Dublin Rape Crisis Centre).
Dr Johnny Connolly spoke as part of the ‘Policing with Communities Session’ with Ms Marie Metcalfe, (Community Activist, North Inner City Dublin), Dr Mick Feehan (Former Assistant Commissioner of An Garda Síochána), Dr Sindy Joyce (Human Rights Defender and Member of Council of State), Dr John Topping (Lecturer in Criminology, QUB).
The event opened with keynote addresses from the Minister for Justice, Mr Charles Flanagan T.D., and the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, Mr Drew Harris,
A video recording of the entire conference is available below: