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Annual leave – a right not a privilege

Annual leave – a right not a privilege

Covid-19 has raised particular problems with the taking of annual leave. Ciaran O’Neill looks at the rights of gardaí to take and carry forward such leave during these times 2020 has been a very extraordinary and difficult year, particularly for Frontline workers; without doubt, we could all do with a break. In the first few months of the Covid pandemic, […]

by · November 4, 2020 · Features
Fun Leary

Fun Leary

A day out with gardaí from Dún Laoghaire is a special treat discovered Editor John O’Keeffe – professionalism writ large My 91-year-old mother has a name for them. “Lovely young men,” she calls them. I have never quite known who these “lovely young men” were, or indeed if they even existed – that is until I met Garda Seán Sheehy […]

by · October 4, 2020 · Features
For real with the Cyber Crime Crew

For real with the Cyber Crime Crew

Last month, D/Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary was appointed as the first Head of the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau. Editor, John O’Keeffe met the Chief and his team and left with a distinct impression that he had just encountered a very special group of men and women They say height doesn’t matter. They say don’t worry about it John. 5ft […]

by · September 4, 2020 · Features
pictured: Gardaí Michael Gohery, Mairead Hehir and Niall Murphy of Nenagh Garda Station exude authority - impressively wrapped in an outer layer of kindness and common sense.

Nenagh – A touch of class

As Editor, John O’Keeffe recently discovered, Nenagh Garda Station is more than the sum of its parts and it contributes to both urban and rural policing like few others Nenagh is the largest town in North Tipperary with a tantalisingly uneven population count of 7,995 at the last census and with a District size of some 44,500. It is part […]

by · August 15, 2020 · Features
Danger at every turn

Danger at every turn

Darren Martin examines a recent decision which will have implications for An Garda Síochána Members injured on duty and whom are left with life changing injuries The Employment Equality Act 1998, Section 37(3) provides, ‘It is an occupational requirement for employment in An Garda Síochána, Prison Service or any emergency service that persons employed therein are fully competent and available […]

by · July 15, 2020 · Features
All Rise! Tips on Cross-examining

All Rise! Tips on Cross-examining

If his defence practice has taught him anything, Matthew Holmes says it is how to lose a case. He now offers some tips to gardaí when they are required to cross-examine defendants One of the best ways to lose a case is to call the client in evidence and open them up to cross examination. In the District Court you […]

by · June 3, 2020 · Features
Wicklow crosses the rural and urban divide like few other Districts and Arklow may just be its metaphor. Arklow Gardaí Sarah Boland and Siobhan Merrigan take a moment at the stunning Glendalough Lakes

A garden that bears much fruit

This month Editor, John O’Keeffe went to visit the men and women of Arklow Station in the garden of Ireland and found a Frontline embedded in their communities Wicklow crosses the rural and urban divide like few other Districts and Arklow may just be its metaphor. With a population of some 13,000, Arklow town looks up at its larger metropolitan […]

by · June 3, 2020 · Features
Ordinary gardaí doing an extraordinary job

Ordinary gardaí doing an extraordinary job

Just what is it like being a Frontline Garda during the Covid-19 pandemic around the country? Siobhán Moore has one description – awesome Portlaoise is a bustling commuter town which boasts a prison, hospital and according to the last census, a population of over 22,000 people. From a policing perspective, it is busy at the best of times. These are […]

by · May 15, 2020 · Features
Gardaí Philip O’Neil, Siobhán Costello, Dáithí Ó’Floinn and Sergeant Mark Daly, pause for a moment before going out on a Covid-19 checkpoint near Mallow.

Mallow Garda Station? It might just be the template

Visiting the beating heart of Cork County, Editor John O’Keeffe couldn’t help but notice a distinct unity of purpose The moment you meet him you’ll like him. That’s always a good start. I’m talking about Superintendent William Duane, chief bottle washer at Mallow Garda Station. And it’s important. To be a well-liked Superintendent is, unsurprisingly, not a given. Duane need […]

by · May 15, 2020 · Features
Policing a Pandemic

Policing a Pandemic

Just how will our service operate in these challenging times? Darren Martin considers In October 1918 a flu pandemic spread across the world which impacted the day to day life of millions. That pandemic resulted in medical and emergency services being stretched to their limits. While the hospitals and staff battled to treat as many of the sick as they […]

by · April 15, 2020 · Features