Articles by: gardareview_wp

We Shall Not Forget

We Shall Not Forget

The third general secretary of the Garda Representative Association has quietly retired, but not without leaving his own stamp on the Garda organisation, writes Neil Ward. PJ Stone retired on February 2nd 2016 after more than forty years’ service to An Garda Síochána; but it will not be his policing skills that he will be remembered for – but his […]

by · March 25, 2016 · Features
Taking the leap

Taking the leap

There are benefits to lifelong learning for members through third-level and in-service training courses writes Darren Martin. The Garda College never closed in the last few years; in-service training courses did continue. The college is now seeing the return of new garda members for the first time in many years, with an impressive number of people who still wish to […]

by · March 25, 2016 · Features
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
Fun in Thurles

Fun in Thurles

by Annette Connolly Thurles Garda Station hosted a very successful open day on Saturday September 26th 2015; with over 1,200 people passing through the doors of the garda station and everyone was extremely interested in how best to utilise the services of An Garda Síochána. The open day assisted gardaí in forming new relationships with members of the community and […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Community, Community News, Uncategorized
ABOVE (l-r): Garda Derek Rochford, Castleblayney Garda Station; Sergeant Alan Keane, Garda Community Relations Bureau; Ceejay McArdle, honorary Garda Sergeant, Castleblayney; Susan Brown, Ceejay’s mother; Marcus McArdle, Ceejay’s father; Garda Frances Merrick, Castleblayney Garda Station. PHOTO by Mick O’Neil

A dream come true

The Community Relations Bureau fulfilled the special wish of three year old Ceejay Mc Ardle from Castleblayney when he was an honorary garda sergeant for the day while he visited Garda Headquarters on Wednesday September 16th 2015. Ceejay was diagnosed with leukaemia last September. Sergeant Alan Keane, Community Relations Bureau, said, “Ceejay’s grandparents live beside their local garda station in […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Charity, Community, Community News