Archive for January, 2020

In Deep Water

In Deep Water

A new book by Michael Brennan on the collapse of water charges reveals the challenges that Gardaí faced when policing water charge protests in 2014 – including the Jobstown protest – and a night when a garda station in Dublin found itself under siege. The following is an extract. “The arrest of three water protesters at an event attended by […]

by · January 28, 2020 · Features, Opinion
Is consent ever a defence to assault?

Is consent ever a defence to assault?

Fights amongst prison inmates are hardly rare. But when Gerard Brown was convicted of assaulting fellow prisoner and former garda Stephen Cooper, the outcome hit the headlines. Michelle-Thérèse Stevenson investigates. The above case found its way to the Supreme Court in DPP v. Brown [2018] IESC 67. One of the main issues was that of consent and, specifically, whether this […]

by · January 28, 2020 · Features
Security – it’s a national issue

Security – it’s a national issue

Ireland’s inaugural National Security Summit will be held in February 2020. Its founder, Gerry Waldron, explains its history and purpose The National Security Summit Ireland was launched in September 2019, with a series of interesting and provocative presentations and a panel discussion on ‘Protecting Democracy in the age of disinformation’. The event was a warm-up for ‘Slándáil 2020,’ Ireland’s inaugural […]

by · January 28, 2020 · Modern Policing
Balbriggan’s best: 
Garda Paul McCarthy,
Garda Ciarán McQuaid,
Garda Nikki McMorrow and Garda Rebecca O’Sullivan

Making the ordinary extraordinary in Balbriggan

Editor, John O’Keeffe went to visit Balbriggan Garda Station and met with the men and women of ‘the Regular’ There’s something about the word ‘regular’ that seems to send people into the land of nod. The Oxford Dictionary describes it as, “existing or happening repeatedly in a fixed pattern with equal or similar amounts of space or time between one […]

by · January 28, 2020 · Features
Mind your language

Mind your language

Is there still really a need for the Irish language requirement to join An Garda Síochána asks Ciarán O’Neill? In September 2005, the then Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael Mc Dowell amended the academic requirements for new entrants into An Garda Síochána. He stated that the requirement to have an academic qualification in Irish had effectively ruled […]

by · January 13, 2020 · Features, Modern Policing