Archive for November, 2015

Fun in Thurles

Fun in Thurles

by Annette Connolly Thurles Garda Station hosted a very successful open day on Saturday September 26th 2015; with over 1,200 people passing through the doors of the garda station and everyone was extremely interested in how best to utilise the services of An Garda Síochána. The open day assisted gardaí in forming new relationships with members of the community and […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Community, Community News, Uncategorized
ABOVE (l-r): Garda Derek Rochford, Castleblayney Garda Station; Sergeant Alan Keane, Garda Community Relations Bureau; Ceejay McArdle, honorary Garda Sergeant, Castleblayney; Susan Brown, Ceejay’s mother; Marcus McArdle, Ceejay’s father; Garda Frances Merrick, Castleblayney Garda Station. PHOTO by Mick O’Neil

A dream come true

The Community Relations Bureau fulfilled the special wish of three year old Ceejay Mc Ardle from Castleblayney when he was an honorary garda sergeant for the day while he visited Garda Headquarters on Wednesday September 16th 2015. Ceejay was diagnosed with leukaemia last September. Sergeant Alan Keane, Community Relations Bureau, said, “Ceejay’s grandparents live beside their local garda station in […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Charity, Community, Community News
(l-r): Gerry Quinn, GNDU; Liam Hogan (Tour De Force committee); Enda Kenny, TD; Keith Duffy, ISPCC; Terry Brennan (Tour De Force committee); John Twomey, Assistant Commissioner

Lisbon Bound

An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD launched the Tour De Force Cycle 2015 with members of Tour De Force and their charity beneficiaries for this year, namely the ISPCC/Childline, GROW Ireland and the Laura Brennan Charitable Trust. This year’s cycle will see members of An Garda Síochána and friends begin their journey from North of Lisbon, in Sao Martin De […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Sportsfile
European Police Table Tennis Championships

European Police Table Tennis Championships

The Garda team consisting of members from five divisions across the country competed in the Union Sportive Des Polices D’Europe Table Tennis championships in Bulgaria recently. The team had trained collectively in Athlone over the winter months with Athlone Table Tennis Club under the guidance of Irish international Karim Sabir. The opening ceremony where each country has one member in […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Sportsfile
(l-r) James O’Sullivan (driver) Wicklow Garda Station; Pat Carroll (driver) Ashford; Killian Waldron; Joe Waldron, Bray Garda Station; Lorcan Byrne, Water Unit; John Lynham; Mick Carey, Abbeyleix; Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan; Sylvia O’Donovan; John O’Neill, Wicklow Garda Station; David O’Donovan, Wicklow Garda Station; Paula Humby; Marc Redmond; Mick Humby; Dave O’Sullivan, Bray Garda Station; Shane Barker, Rathdrum Garda Station; Philip Hayden; Paul Byrne, Bray Garda Station; Paul Whelan; John Fitzpatrick; Nora Kennedy.

4 County Challenge for Irish Kidney Association

On Tuesday 18th August 2015, Garda David O’Donovan of Wicklow Garda Station and native of Abbeyleix returned home for a while on his bike. His reason was to cycle along with 15 colleagues and friends of An Garda Síochána, from Wicklow Town to Abbeyleix and back in one day. The cycle was raising funds for the Irish Kidney Association and […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Charity, Sportsfile
(l-r) Garda Dave Cullen; Sergeant Shane Fennessy

Garda Crew on board Wakey Wakey

Sergeant Shane Fennessy (Garda HQ) and Garda Dave Cullen (DMR Traffic) were part of an eight man crew who competed in the Fastnet Challenge Cup 2015 which was held on Sunday August 16th 2015. The multinational crew was a mixture of Irish, Welsh and Dutch on board an Irish registered J109 racing boat named Wakey Wakey.  The Fastnet race is […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Community, Community News
JP Sexton on patrol on the docks in New Orleans.

Enforcing law and order after Hurricane Katrina

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, former Garda JP Sexton recalls his time helping to police the streets of New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina was a horrendous storm which not only devastated the lives through which it tore, but also exposed a quagmire of public corruption and human depravity. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would be in […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Community
Out with the old and in with the new

Out with the old and in with the new

When it comes to employment rights, new employee legislation will impact on rank and file gardaí writes Aine Curran. The Workplace Relations Act 2015 is one of the most significant pieces of employment legislation to be introduced in recent years, radically overhauling the entire process of how employment rights disputes are dealt with in Ireland. Such reform was long overdue […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Opinion
Hey Minister, leave those guards alone

Hey Minister, leave those guards alone

Garda station closures removed the garda from the centre of rural communities, police numbers remain depleted and rural Ireland is abandoned. Why? asks John O’Keeffe. Those of us living in cities can often be accused of smugness when it comes to those who eschew rural life. While the country generally may still be suffering economic difficulties, urban dwellers have not […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Features
Reading the Riot Act

Reading the Riot Act

Reading the Riot Act is no longer all that is required to disperse angry crowds writes Robert Block. Public order is a matter for concern in all civil societies. Without it the foundations of our daily lives can be severely disrupted; food runs short on supermarket shelves; people cannot get to work; hospitals become overstretched – put simply performing the […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Opinion