Archive for January, 2014

Blue is the colour – but often with a dash of pink

Blue is the colour – but often with a dash of pink

A modern Garda Síochána now engages positively with the gay community and long may it continue writes Craig Dwyer.   Ireland has seen a huge transformation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in recent times. It is remarkable to think that this year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of decriminalisation – that up to 1993, gay men were […]

by · January 29, 2014 · Modern Policing
ABOVE: Garda Joe Hayes from Limerick receives his Seiko Just In Time award from Fergus O’Dowd TD Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and Environment, Community & Local Government and Breda Collins, IWS Chairman at the Irish Water Safety Association annual awards ceremony in Dublin Castle. Photo by David Branigan

Water bravery

The bravery of seven gardaí was recognised recently at the Irish Water Safety Awards.   Seven garda members were among 37 rescuers, from 22 dramatic near-death incidents, who received recognition at Irish Water Safety’s national awards ceremony at St. George’s Hall in Dublin Castle on November 19th 2013. Fergus O’Dowd, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and […]

by · January 7, 2014 · Community, Community News
Can we ever truly legislate for sex offenders?

Can we ever truly legislate for sex offenders?

As new child sex offender legislation comes before the Oireachtas, the debate surrounding such behaviours remains as complex as ever writes Blaithin Treacy.     The government plans to introduce new legislation regarding child sex offenders following a bill put forward by Roscommon independent TD Denis Naughton. This bill will allow gardaí to share relevant intelligence with parents, guardians and […]

by · January 7, 2014 · Features
Forget the talk – let’s walk the walk

Forget the talk – let’s walk the walk

  An Garda Síochána is at a crossroads argues John O’Keeffe. Either it now properly equips its front line members to deal with violent crime or it loses its core mission – to protect and serve.   The perennial debate of where the modern Irish police force sits shows little sign of abating. In this magazine we raised the issue […]

by · January 7, 2014 · Features, Opinion