Archive for December, 2013

The funeral of Sharon Whelan (30), and her two daughters, Zara (7) and Nadia (2).

When words have no meaning

On Christmas Day five years ago John Whelan’s sister and two nieces were murdered. He now reflects on how at times of such unimaginable trauma, the criminal justice system continues to frustrate both garda and survivors alike   When you stand at my parents front door and you look down the valley towards the town of Callan Co Kilkenny, you […]

by · December 16, 2013 · Features
Charity cycling in Croatia

Charity cycling in Croatia

This year’s annual TourdeForce charity cycle brought the participants to Croatia, one of their most spectacular, yet challenging, destinations to date.   TourdeForce comprises of members of An Garda Síochána and friends who cycle on an annual basis to raise funds for Irish and international charities. TourdeForce was born in 1991, when members of An Garda Síochána first cycled to […]

by · December 9, 2013 · Charity, Community, Community News
Marathon Mania

Marathon Mania

As Marathon Day finally arrives, Anthony Malone reports on how the war was won. “You’re going to reap just what you sow”  – Lou Reed 1942 – 2013 It’s seven am, October 28th 2013.    D-Day. Garda Frontline HQ. A pungent cocktail of wintergreen and palpable anxiety swirls through the aged and narrow corridors of Pearse Street Garda Station.    […]

by · December 9, 2013 · Sportsfile
Why we just love to hate Love/Hate

Why we just love to hate Love/Hate

Gritty TV dramas are often used as spurious reasons to explain any rise in violent crime says John O’Keeff.   Joe Duffy has been busy over the last while. Then again, Joe Duffy is always busy. Joe is never busier than when RTÉ produces something that is good – amazingly good. When RTÉ churns out some US re-runs all is […]

by · December 9, 2013 · Opinion
Christmas is one day only

Christmas is one day only

It is easier said than done, but it is definitely possible to decide that Christmas really is one day only, merely a date on the calendar writes Mary Hogan     “A ray of hope flickers in the sky/A tiny star lights up way up high…” Christmas is a magical, fairytale, spiritual time for countless people, most especially for families […]

by · December 9, 2013 · Features, Welfare
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Drone

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Drone

Unmanned Aircraft Systems or ‘Drones’ will soon present new opportunities for policing in Ireland writes John O’Keeffe.   MODERN POLICING: The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or ‘Drones’ industry has expanded considerably over the past number of years and what was once a technology reserved largely for the military is now finding new roles in civilian applications including policing and emergency services. […]

by · December 2, 2013 · Features, Modern Policing, Technology
A road less travelled

A road less travelled

Promoting trust and confidence between the Traveller community and the gardaí is essential to modern policing writes Martin Collins   PAVEE Point Traveller and Roma Centre is a non-governmental organisation committed to the attainment of human rights for Irish Travellers and Roma. The group is comprised of Travellers and Roma and members of the majority settled population working together in […]

by · December 2, 2013 · Features, Opinion