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Who protects the protectors?

Gardaí have to consider the mental health of those they encounter every day – but what of their own mental well-being asks John O’Keeffe On a day-to-day basis, members of An Garda Síochána are tasked with the most onerous of jobs. We require them to be social workers, counsellors, psychologists and also police officers. They are routinely abused by a […]

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Fake news is real

When it comes to crime reportage, the media has a heavy burden to carry writes Nicola Mitchell The role the media plays in reporting crime and influencing the public’s perception of crime has received a lot of attention over the years. Much of the research has focused on the link between watching violence and perpetrating criminal acts of violence. There […]

by · May 10, 2017 · Opinion
Conflict and communication are tools of the trade

Conflict and communication are tools of the trade

EDITORIAL: The particular challenge facing any public sector trade union or staff association is that they are necessarily in constant conflict with government; either asking for something that the powerful do not wish to give, or rejecting an imposition from the elite. That is why unity and solidarity are key elements; because workers’ collectives have a requirement to speak with one […]

by · March 23, 2017 · Editorial, Features
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, Tánaiste & Minister for Justice & Equality Frances Fitzgerald and the chair of the Policing Authority Josephine Feehily pictured at the Launch of the Code of Ethics for the Garda Síochána 23/01/2017. Source: http:

What is the role of the Policing Authority?

EDITORIAL: The Garda Representative Association [GRA] advocated for an independent authority to separate policing from politics; not to deny our elected political leaders the opportunity to debate and the right to legislate on policing, but so that they were not seen to exert undue influence on appointments and operational matters. This is a delicate balance that is at the very heart […]

by · February 22, 2017 · Editorial, Features
The only thing to fear? Fear itself

The only thing to fear? Fear itself

Gardaí feel fear like everyone else; honing physiques and not considering the mental component is to miss the point, writes Aidan Carroll Many people take to the gym to practice techniques and lift weights in a bid to build a stronger physique. Whilst developing a faster punch and a chiseled six-pack, they often ignore the most important part of training; […]

by · January 25, 2017 · Modern Policing, Welfare
Report reaffirms right to trade union status and unique role

Report reaffirms right to trade union status and unique role

EDITORIAL: The Garda Representative Association received the final Report by John Horgan and is examining the implications in preparation for future negotiations towards new industrial relations mechanisms in the garda sector. The Association had sought such a Review for many years – as the last significant appraisal was held in 1979; and this was negotiated as part of the Haddington […]

by · December 25, 2016 · Editorial, Features
Total recall

Total recall

The super recogniser could be the ultimate police weapon to fight crime writes John O’Keeffe. What’s your earliest memory? Sitting on your father’s knee at four years of age? Attending your second cousin’s confirmation as a kid? Perhaps it is something as mundane as being in a mobile home in Wexford with your parents as a five-year-old with rain pelting […]

by · December 15, 2016 · Modern Policing
Lest we forget

Lest we forget

It is well established that gardaí need to exercise exceptional mental resilience in their daily work writes Conor Nolan. Have no doubt about it, policing is a job for the mentally tough. It is widely acknowledged that members of An Garda Síochána are expected to deal with an increasing number of potentially traumatic incidents than at any time in recent […]

by · October 7, 2016 · Opinion, Welfare
ARMED CHECKPOINT: Uniformed members of An Garda Síochána, supported by armed SDU officers mount a checkpoint on Kildare Road, Crumlin on 23 July 2016.

Cults by any other name

Understanding how criminal gangs come about and what motivates them is essential if they are to be eliminated writes John O’Keeffe. Dealing with gangs in Dublin and around the country is perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing gardaí in Ireland today. Their killings appear random and unplanned, their motivations scattered and incoherent. Yet men keep dying in hails of […]

by · September 15, 2016 · Modern Policing
Drunk tank

Drunk tank

Detaining the intoxicated in a garda station requires consideration of the many legal issues writes Darren Martin. There is no such thing as the ‘drunk tank’ in this jurisdiction, nor can there be under current legislation. Ireland is not the only jurisdiction where this applies given the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) on member States domestic […]

by · September 15, 2016 · Opinion