Archive for December, 2015

The Case for the Gardaí

The Case for the Gardaí

EDITORIAL: Members of this Association clearly did not want to commit to the new Lansdowne Road Agreement that continued the idea of working 30 hours for free each year; for a level of pay restoration that fell short of what those hard hours were worth for each member. That was the clear message when some 86.5% of a significantly high […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Editorial, Features
Syrian migrant children arrive to a new dawn as their ferry docks in athens. Pic:Mark Condren 9.10.2015

A helping hand

Moved by the plight of Syrian refugees arriving to the Greek island of Kos two members decided to take direct action writes Bronagh McCrystal. Gardaí Damian McCarthy and Ray Wims decided to travel to the Greek Island of Kos to help refugees as they were profoundly moved, like all Irish people, by the pictures of Aylan Kurdi, the two-year-old Syrian […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Charity, Community, Community News
2015/10/15: GARDA TONY GOLDEN FUNERAL - BLACKROCK, CO. LOUTH:
PIC SHOWS:  Many hundred Gardaí gathered in the grounds of the The Fairways Hotel, before marching to the state funeral of murdered Garda, Tony Golden, in Blackrock, Co. Louth.
PHOTO: CONOR Ó MEARÁIN

Our collective grief springs a need for new hope

EDITORIAL We have been once again united in our grief and sadness following the murder of Garda Anthony ‘Tony’ Golden. Our thoughts and prayers continue for his family, friends and colleagues. When we encounter such senseless violence and resultant loss it is an onerous task to mentally process such a tragedy; for the family and friends that will take much […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Editorial, Features
The Ideal Guard

The Ideal Guard

Having spent 30 years as a keen and respected member of An Garda Síochána Cyril Meehan, now “retired and free from the constraints of my former employer” has opted to share some fond and often quirky memories of his trials and tribulations in this light-hearted, often humorous account of his time as a guard. Accompanied by cartoons from Pat Treacy, […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Community, Community News
Rural fear

Rural fear

The closure of rural garda stations has resulted in residents living in fear writes Trevor Laffan.  As a recently retired member of An Garda Síochána with over 35 years’ experience I feel qualified to make certain observations. Crime is rising in rural Ireland and not only is it rising but it also seems to be taking on a more sinister […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Opinion
Inner Garda

Inner Garda

When it comes to psychological self-defense what can police do? Karl  Melvin looks at protecting your inner garda. We live in a society loaded with so many toxic influences it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain a healthy state of mind. The never ending flow of bad news in the media, a diet of junk food and chronic addiction are […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Modern Policing, Uncategorized, Welfare