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Christmas is one day only

Christmas is one day only

It is easier said than done, but it is definitely possible to decide that Christmas really is one day only, merely a date on the calendar writes Mary Hogan     “A ray of hope flickers in the sky/A tiny star lights up way up high…” Christmas is a magical, fairytale, spiritual time for countless people, most especially for families […]

by · December 9, 2013 · Features, Welfare
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Drone

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Drone

Unmanned Aircraft Systems or ‘Drones’ will soon present new opportunities for policing in Ireland writes John O’Keeffe.   MODERN POLICING: The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or ‘Drones’ industry has expanded considerably over the past number of years and what was once a technology reserved largely for the military is now finding new roles in civilian applications including policing and emergency services. […]

by · December 2, 2013 · Features, Modern Policing, Technology
A road less travelled

A road less travelled

Promoting trust and confidence between the Traveller community and the gardaí is essential to modern policing writes Martin Collins   PAVEE Point Traveller and Roma Centre is a non-governmental organisation committed to the attainment of human rights for Irish Travellers and Roma. The group is comprised of Travellers and Roma and members of the majority settled population working together in […]

by · December 2, 2013 · Features, Opinion
Alternative opportunities to shape modern policing

Alternative opportunities to shape modern policing

EDITORIAL: Mature democratic countries around the world are all looking at ways to encourage citizen engagement and participation; Ireland included. Newly emerging democracies have a clear collective memory of the struggle to attain suffrage, and the process by which the legitimate voice of a one member – one vote – one value principle, was come by. However, as a democratic […]

by · November 20, 2013 · Editorial, Features
At the launch of the Blue Light Fight Night are Garda Bernard McGinley, Enniscorthy; Paul McGrath; Fireman Jason O Connor.

Blue Light Fight Night

A CHARITY white collar boxing fundraiser is was held between members of An Garda Síochána in the Wexford Division and Wexford Fire Service on November 22nd 2013. The event, which raised funds for the Irish Dogs for the Disabled, was organised by Garda Gavin Tracy, Enniscorthy Garda Station, whose five year old daughter Lauryn has cerebral palsy and is on […]

by · November 19, 2013 · Charity, Community, Community News
Photo by Ian Redican

Uniform Irregularity

EDITORIAL: Within the root-and-branch review of An Garda Síochána that was planned to open last month, the debate on the garda uniform needs to be re-examined. The uniform, by definition, is distinctive clothing worn by members of the same organisation that unites and identifies those people. It also creates and reflects an image of the role they perform in society. […]

by · October 30, 2013 · Editorial
Swimming Success

Swimming Success

The World Police and Fire Games recently held in Northern Ireland gave a great opportunity for garda swimmers to display their talent. A total of 10 medals were won by this very capable team of athletes in both the pool and open sea events. The leading swimmer, who accumulated a total of four gold medals and one silver, was Sinead […]

by · October 30, 2013 · Sportsfile
Media bypass

Media bypass

Social media is a direct route to telling the public stories of positive policing and engagement with the community, writes Neil Ward   A common perception of members is that positive stories of good policing do not make it to the national news, and there is more than a grain of truth in this. The news values and news framing […]

by · October 23, 2013 · Features, Modern Policing, Technology
Niall Russell battling it out-with his French opponent

Success at WPFG for Garda Judo Club

During August 2013 the Garda Judo Club took part in the World Police & Fire Games in Belfast. The Garda Judo Club represented Ireland in all divisions of Judo and left the events with one silver and two bronze medals. This tremendous achievement contributed to Ireland coming sixth on the medal table. The Judo competition was held at the Shankill […]

by · October 21, 2013 · Sportsfile
Justice Minister Alan Shatter

Good Cop, Bad Minister

No one should get too inspired by the Minister Shatter’s latest promise to recommence recruitment argues John O’Keeffe. Even if he does, it may be too little too late   JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter’s recent announcement that new gardaí will now be recruited because of the new public sector pay deal, has been greeted with scepticism by many in the […]

by · October 20, 2013 · Opinion