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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
The GNBCI Engine Room: Pictured (l – r): Ms. Elaine Tonna-Barthet, EO, Central Admin. Dept; D/Chief Superintendent, Walter O’Sullivan; Ms. Anna O’Connor, HEO, Principal Administrative Officer, Central Admin Dept.

A Bureau to Remember

Editor John O’Keeffe paid a recent visit to the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Dublin’s Harcourt Street and found a culture of professionalism in the wallpaper The year? 1979. The boy? A 15-year-old, yours truly. The place? Harcourt Street to visit the legendry Inspector Dennis ‘Dinny’ Mullins – head of the Drugs Squad in Dublin, for a Transition […]

by · December 13, 2019 · Features
Anxiety in the Court

Anxiety in the Court

When joining An Garda Síochána, many are unaware of the courtroom realities that await them. Mairead Leen considers   The training that gardaí receive for dealing with the interrogation process that will face them during their careers is, it is suggested, at best, foundational. In Garda College, trainee barristers are drafted in to practice their cross-questioning skills, while the trainee […]

by · December 13, 2019 · Modern Policing, Welfare
Choosing the right armour

Choosing the right armour

In the first of a two-part series, body armour expert Cathriona Frawley examines what needs to be considered by police forces when choosing such essential equipment When the time has come to change your body armour, it is critical to ensure that you are fully armed with all the necessary information to enable your choice of armour to be fully […]

by · December 13, 2019 · Features
Holding back the tiers

Holding back the tiers

“Appointed” or “disappointed” are often the phrases heard after a promotion list is published in An Garda Síochána writes Darren Martin Promotions in An Garda Síochána are governed by the Garda Síochána (Promotion) Regulations 2006 as provided for by the Garda Síochána Act 2005. A person joining An Garda Síochána must have completed probation, usually two years after attestation, and […]

by · September 16, 2019 · Welfare
What works?

What works?

Unpacking the ‘black box’ of the frontline professional’s and young person’s relationships to youth justice settings is essential writes Deirdre Fullerton, who reviews the international research evidence In 2018, the REPPP project commenced a study to assemble and synthesise the international research evidence on a policy led youth justice question focusing on the professional relationship between the practitioner (i.e. youth […]

by · September 16, 2019 · Opinion