- Aug 11, 2007
Most officers come through the cadet competition system. That is very open and obtaining a cadetship is very strictly on merit. If a cadet makes it through training he/she is Commissioned.Probably, I haven't heard anything too awful since all the Tom Clonan stuff brought changes, it is a relatively closed world though just like the AGS so I am distrustful of the selection processes for the officers. Is it on merit or on pull like the AGS from Garda to Inspector and political connection like the AGS from inspector up?
There is less actual power to influence day to day like in the armed forces as they don't stop drunken politicians or ignore politicians being at murder scenes or prevaricate until the statute of limitations expires on white collar crimes so maybe not.
Promotion of Officers is also strictly on merit. Selection for G2 is generally by invitation.
There is certainly a level of political interference at the very highest level of the DF - the top few Generals. None below that. This policical interference is undesirable but I think it is a hangover from the time when the State feared the Defence Forces. Historically, there has also been a small civilian (Civil Service) element to G2 - possibly for the same reason.