This appointment is a worrying development for Republicans across the country.
Harris has repeatedly blocked investigations into cases of collusion between loyalist death squads and the Crown Forces, in particular he was responsible for shutting down an independent probe which was investigating The Glenanne gang, which was responsible for scores of sectarian killings.His appointment is an insult to the victims of Loyalist violence. The Garda of course are well used to their own cover ups and corruption and so in this regard Harris will fit right in.
Harris was previously an RUC officer and later the deputy chief constable of the PSNI. He had overall responsibility for intelligence within the PSNI (Special Branch) and was its liaison officer with MI5, Britain’s domestic intelligence agency. That he is now responsible for the ‘security’ of the 26 county state is highly troubling. No other country would appoint somebody from the security service of another state, (particularly one with such a chequered past as Harris) to head their own security.
Harris will receive a salary of €250,000 and will have an armed Garda escort and travel in an armoured vehicle, all at the expense of the Irish taxpayer.
All Republicans should be prepared for this new regime in Harcourt Street as surveillance and harassment is bound to be stepped up.
With many thanks to: Anti Imperialist Action Ireland for the original story.
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